Syria and Lebanon have reacted to Serge Brammertz’s report into the killing of Rafiq Al-Hariri.
Syria says that it is satisified ‘in priciple’. “The report is professional to a certain degree, and it keeps away from politics,” said Syrian Minister Mohsen Bilal, in a reference to Brammertz’s predecesor Detlev Mehlis, who relied on the claims of a number of witnesses who have since been discredited.
Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora has praised the ‘impartiality’ of the report.
Mehlis’s report pointed the finger of blame at top Syrian officials, and said Syria had failed to co-operate and had lied to the UN. The UN Security Council passed a resolution recently demanding Syrian co-operation – Brammertz says that Syria has complied with all of the UN’s requests, and he is satisfied with the help.
Brammertz interviewed Syrian President Bahsar Al-Assad and Foreign Minister Farouq Ash-Sharaa in April.
Sa’ad Hariri – Rafiq’s son, the man who rigged last year’s Lebanese elections – however, isn’t happy. “Assad is to blame. Or let me put it like this – based on everything I know, I hold him at least partly responsible,” he said.
Bush, however, is silent.