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Syria Agrees to Let UN Officials Question Syrians in Hariri Probe

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Syria has agreed to allow United Nations investigators to question five Syrian officials in connection with the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Deputy Foreign Minister Walid Moallem on Friday said Damascus had agreed to let the Syrians be questioned at U.N. offices in Vienna after receiving guarantees regarding the rights of the individuals and assurances Syria's sovereignty would be respected. The compromise ends a deadlock with the U.N., which had originally asked to interview the Syrians in Beirut. The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., John Bolton, said Syria's decision was a direct result of the unanimous decision of the Security Council demanding Damascus cooperate with the U.N. probe. In an interim report released last month, the U.N. commission investigating the death of Mr. Hariri implicated Syrian and Lebanese intelligence services in the murder, which sparked massive protests in Lebanon.
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