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Syria agrees to UN questioning in Hariri probe

[JURIST] Syria agreed Friday to allow UN investigators to question five unidentified Syrian officials at the Vienna UN offices [UN Security Council official website] in connection with the February assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri [JURIST news archive]. The agreement has pleased chief UN investigator Detlev Mehlis, who was on the verge of giving up on Syrian cooperation [UN News report]. Deputy Foreign Ministry Walid al-Moualem said that by allowing the questioning Syria had taken an important step to protect itself against economic sanctions. Reuters has more.

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