In a direct rebuffal to the US and Mehlis, Lebanese PM Fouad Siniora says the UN should question the Syrians outside Lebanon.
Mehlis is insisting that the interviews take place in Beirut. Syria has offered to host the interviews in any UN building in Syria, or in any third country. But still Mehlis insists on Beirut – despite the risk to the witnesses.
Now Siniora says the interviews should take place outside Lebanon: “The investigation is more important than its location. I prefer them to be interrogated outside Lebanon. Our main concern is the truth.”
So who is Lebanon’s new power broker? Siniora? Or Mehlis? The outcome of this little dispute could determine whether Siniora really is the head of Lebanon’s first ‘free’ government, or whether he’s yet another western puppet.