Syria’s Foreign Minister, Farouq Ash-Sharaa has rejected UN investigator Detlev Mehlis’s request to interview 6 top Syrian officials in Beirut.
Mehlis’s request was a test to see the limits of Syria’s co-operation, but it raised questions over the politicisation of the Mehlis inquiry.
Syria said no to Beirut, but said that the interviews could take place anywhere in Syria in private – such as the UN headquarters, or in Cairo, Vienna or Geneva. Syria wants neutral territory, apparently it is worried that the 6 Syrian officials would be at risk in Beirut. Sharaa said that it is is no-one’s interest to have large demonstrations outside the interrogations.