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January 09, 2006

Assad Seeks Face-Saving Compromise On UN Investigation

Claiming "international immunity" from the investigation, he's trying to pitch a deal where an envoy would receive the questions, then Assad would answer them in writing.

More trouble-making of a welcome sort from former Syrian VP Khaddam:

Beirut's staunchly anti-Syrian An-Nahar newspaper quoted Khaddam as having told French RTL radio that he had met with Detlev Mehlis, the outgoing head of the Hariri investigation team, in Paris and gave him "specific facts" about Hariri's assassination.

Assad isn't getting the help from the Saudis he'd hoped for:

In wording clearly meant to encourage Mr. Assad to cooperate, the Saudi royal family released a statement saying that at the meeting, King Abdullah "affirmed the kingdom's desire for stronger relations between Syria and Lebanon in all fields, so that the interests of both countries and security of the region are protected."

I don't find that wording all that clear, myself. But the New York Times says it's clear, so it must be true.

Thanks to The A-Man.


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