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UN Security Council Discusses Hariri Killing Probe

The chief U.N. investigator into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has urged Syria to increase cooperation with his probe.

Before the U.N. Security Council Tuesday Detlev Mehlis called on Syria to carry out its own investigation, saying it would help his commission get a clearer picture of who was behind the assassination.

Mr. Mehlis added that his team has received threats and that he expects them to increase now that his report has been released. The report implicates Syrian and Lebanese officials in the killing of Mr. Hariri.

Syria's U.N. ambassador, Fayssal Mekdad rejected Mr. Mehlis' report, saying it was influenced by opponents of Syria.

Lebanon's representative at the Security Council session, Boutros Asaker called on all concerned parties to cooperate with the investigation.

Meanwhile, in Washington, President Bush urged the United Nations to hold Syria responsible for what he called its continuing support of terrorism, including the February killing of Mr. Hariri.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.