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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SPOKESMAN'S NOON BRIEFING

BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC, SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK

 

Thursday, October 20, 2005

 

ANNAN RECEIVES REPORT ON INVESTIGATION INTO KILLING OF LEBANESE EX-PRIME MINISTER

 

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today received from Detlev Mehlis, head of the UN International Independent Investigation Commission, his report into the deaths of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and a number of other people on 14 February 2005.

 

Mehlis will brief the Security Council on the report on Tuesday, 25 October 2005.

 

Asked about Mehlis’s travel plans, the Spokesman said that Mehlis was expected to be in New York though his briefing to the Security Council next Tuesday.

 

The Spokesman declined to comment on any details about the report, as it has not yet gone to the Security Council. He noted that, under the current plans, Council members should receive the report on Friday morning. It would become a public document after that, he said.

 

Asked about the possible extension of members of the Mehlis team, the Spokesman said that the Secretary-General, based on his reading of the report, would then decide on a possible extension of the team’s mandate.

 

The Spokesman, in response to a question, said it was his understanding that the report would be transmitted in its present form to the Security Council.

 

Asked why the Secretary-General needed to see it before the Council does and hold on to it for a full day, the Spokesman said that it was important for the Secretary-General to familiarize himself with the report, particularly as he studies the request for an extension of the mandate.


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