Lebanon agrees to international probe into Hariri killing
Lebanon agreed to accept an international commission to determine who assassinated former prime minister Rafic al Hariri after a UN report sharply criticized a probe carried out by local security services.
"Lebanon agrees to the creation of an international commission of inquiry if the Security Council takes such a decision to uncover the truth in the assassination of Rafiq Hariri," Foreign Minister Mahmoud Hamoud told reporters.
According to AFP, Hamoud was speaking following a meeting in Beirut with the ambassadors of three permanent members of the Security Council, Britain, China and Russia.
A UN report issued Thursday was sharply critical of an investigation by Lebanese security services into the February 14 assassination of Hariri, determining that it "has neither the capacity nor the commitment to reach a satisfactory and credible conclusion."
It called instead for an independent international commission to take over the inquiry.
Earlier Saturday, the Lebanese opposition pressed the UN Security Council to act quickly to open an independent investigation into Hariri's killing.