Bolton ratchets up pressure on Syria
U.S. Ambassador to UN calls on Damascus to cooperate with probe
BEIRUT: John Bolton, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, said that acting UN chief investigator Detlev Mehlis "has important evidence that points to a Syrian involvement on very high levels."
In an interview with Pan-Arab daily As-Sharq al-Awsat published Thursday, Bolton said: "Mehlis' reports which he presented to the UN Security Council indicates without any doubt that he has important evidence that points to a Syrian involvement on high levels," in the assassination of former Premier Rafik Hariri.
Bolton also repeated U.S. threats for Damascus to "completely and unconditionally cooperate with the UN probe," adding that if this cooperation "doesn't come soon, then the UN Security Council will take appropriate measures ... it is just a matter of time."
He added "Syria would have nothing to worry about if they extend full cooperation to the UN probe; but if they don't, then they will be mocking the UN Security Council's decision."
Damascus has said it wanted an agreement outlining ways of cooperation with the UN probe, but Washington replied that such a condition was
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Barakeh: Israel, U.S. are spiders creating Syrian-Lebanese crisis
Haaretz Daily Thu, 29 Dec 2005 12:35 PM PST
"It is in the clear interests of the big spider, the United States, and the little spider, Israel, to create a crisis between Syria and Lebanon," said MK Mohammed Barakeh (Hadash-Ta?al) in Nazareth on Thursday.
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