However the resolution's sponsors - the US, France and the UK - dropped a specific threat of sanctions at the last minute in order to win support. So Russia and China didn't bow that much to U.S pressure. rkm -------------------------------------------------------- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4391810.stm UN steps up pressure on Syrians The UN Security Council has unanimously endorsed calls for Syria to co-operate fully with an inquiry into the death of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri. However the resolution's sponsors - the US, France and the UK - dropped a specific threat of sanctions at the last minute in order to win support. Instead, the resolution warns of "further action if necessary". A UN inquiry into the killing of Hariri in February implicated Syrian and pro-Syria Lebanese officials. Failure to co-operate fully and now will oblige us to consider further actions Jack Straw - UK Foreign Secretary Russia and China had expressed deep concern that the sanctions against Syria proposed in an earlier draft of the resolution were too harsh, and the threat was removed in a subsequent version. BBC Middle East analyst Roger Hardy says the Syrians may be relieved that the wording of the resolution has been softened, but the international community has nevertheless given them a stern warning that they must co-operate fully with the continuing inquiry into the Hariri affair. The fact that there is a large degree of international consensus on the issue, he says, makes it harder for them to claim they are simply the victims of a bullying American superpower. 'Stern warning' The killing of Hariri in a massive car bombing in Beirut earlier this year led to widespread criticism of Syria, which was forced to withdraw its soldiers from Lebanon as a result. A UN inquiry was also subsequently launched. Last week, the its lead investigator, Detlev Mehlis, said Syria had given misleading information and had not fully co-operated with his commission. The brother and brother-in-law of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were among the suspects named in an unedited version of Mr Mehlis's report. The Security Council resolution says that anyone suspected of being involved with Hariri's murder should be arrested and made available for questioning. They would also be banned from travelling and have their assets frozen. Syria is key to the Middle East - pressure on it will shift the last of the moderates to the extreme Bill, US Speaking in the council after the vote, UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said Syria's attitude to date had been "grudging and evasive", and that Damascus had now been put on notice that the UN's patience had limits. "Failure to co-operate fully and now will oblige us to consider further actions to ensure that the Security Council... can play its part in the Lebanese government's determination to see justice done." Syrian inquiry At the weekend, Syria announced its own inquiry into the death. KEY UN FINDINGS Assassins had considerable resources and capabilities Evidence suggests both Syria and Lebanon were involved Crime was prepared over several months Hariri's movements and itineraries were monitored Highly unlikely Syrian or Lebanese intelligence were not aware of assassination plot Most computers will open PDF documents automatically, but you may need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader. Damascus said a special judicial committee would question both civilian and military personnel in the country. The committee will also co-operate with the UN investigation, the Syrian presidency said. A deputy foreign minister, Walid Moallem, has embarked on a tour of the Middle East in what observers says is an apparent bid to rally Arab support in its dispute with the UN. Story from BBC NEWS: Published: 2005/10/31 17:07:00 GMT © BBC MMV -- -------------------------------------------------------- http://cyberjournal.org "Apocalypse Now and the Brave New World" http://www.cyberjournal.org/cj/rkm/Apocalypse_and_NWO.html Posting archives: http://cyberjournal.org/cj/show_archives/?date=01Jan2006&batch=25&lists=newslog Subscribe to low-traffic list: •••@••.••• ___________________________________________ In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.