Press Releases

    18 January 2005

    Security Council Press Statement on Work of Commission Investigating Killing of Former Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri

    (Delayed in transmission.)

    NEW YORK, 17 January (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement to the press was delivered on 13 January by Security Council President Augustine P. Mahiga (United Republic of Tanzania):

    The members of the Security Council welcome the Secretary-General's decision to appoint Mr. Serge Brammertz as the Commissioner of the United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission into the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.

    They commend his predecessor, Mr. Detlev Mehlis, for his outstanding work as the head of the Commission.

    The members of the Security Council also took note with satisfaction of the Secretary-General's decision to dispatch rapidly a mission to Lebanon in order to fully implement resolution 1644.

    They reiterate their full support for the work of the Commission and its mandate to assist the Lebanese authorities to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice.

    They reaffirm the need for all parties concerned to cooperate fully and unconditionally with the Commission, in accordance with resolutions 1595, 1636 and 1644.

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