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UN confirms agreement with Syria on Lebanon murder probe

Detlev Mehlis, who heads the investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, has reached an agreement with the Syrian authorities on the United Nations office in Vienna as a venue for the questioning of five Syrian officials in the case, a UN spokesperson confirmed today.

In Beirut, UN official fully backs Mehlis probe, urges Syria's full cooperation

Continuing meetings in Beirut today, a senior United Nations official emphasized his confidence in Detlev Mehlis' investigation into the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and issued a renewed plea for Syria to cooperate fully with that probe so that the crime does not go unpunished.

Lebanon’s sovereignty, independence, stability and security are key – UN official

Continuing his official visit to Lebanon today, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political affairs emphasized the world body’s desire and support for the country’s sovereignty, independence, stability and security.

UN political official urges Syria to cooperate fully in Hariri assassination probe

A senior United Nations political official is in Lebanon today, where he hailed the support of the country’s authorities for the world body’s probe into the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and urged Damascus to cooperate fully as well.

UN Envoy deplores Israeli air violations of Lebanon 'Blue Line'

Secretary General Kofi Annan's Personal Representative for Southern Lebanon today deplored Israel's air violations of the line of withdrawal, known as the Blue Line, and urged that they be halted immediately.

Syria's Assad assures Annan he will cooperate with probe into Hariri murder

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has assured Secretary-General Kofi Annan that he will cooperate with the United Nations-sponsored independent probe into the terrorist assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, following an interim finding that pointed to both Lebanese and Syrian involvement.

UN looks to next steps in Syria, including disarming militia in Lebanon, envoy says

The United Nations is aiming to help resolve outstanding issues between Syria and Lebanon such as the disbanding of militias and the demarcation of a border between the two countries, now that key Security Council goals for Lebanon have been met, including the holding of parliamentary elections and the withdrawal of Syrian troops, a senior UN official said today in New York.

Tangible results still not achieved in key parts of resolution on Lebanon – Annan

While some requirements of a key United Nations resolution on Lebanon have been met, including withdrawal of Syrian troops and holding free and fair elections, others remain to be implemented, particularly disbanding Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in his latest report on the issue.