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Syria Ready to Cooperate with UN Hariri Investigation


Syrian officials say they are willing to cooperate with a U.N. investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

The French Press Agency, AFP and Reuters quote an unnamed Syrian official as making that statement Friday, one day after a top U.N. official said Damascus has ignored requests to help with the probe.

Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari said Damascus has not responded to requests for documents and for interviews with witnesses.

The U.N. Security Council later urged all countries - especially those who it said have "yet to respond adequately" - to cooperate fully.

Friday's news reports say the head of the probe, German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis, will meet shortly with a Syrian representative.

Many in Lebanon have accused Syria of being behind Mr. Hariri's February 14 assassination - a charge Damascus denies.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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