Tuesday, November 29, 2005

BULLETIN No.8

'I was paid to blame Syria'
News24 - South Africa... in particular that he was "close to" Brigadier General Assef Shawkat, the chief of Syrian military intelligence and brother-in-law of Syria's president, who
Syria Asks Mehlis to Revise Hariri Report After Witness Recants
Bloomberg - USA28 (Bloomberg) -- Syria wants German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis to revise his report on the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri to reflect
Büyüklere masallar
Nuray Mert
Geçen hafta yine Şam'daydım, bu son üç yıl içinde Suriye'ye altıncı gidişim. Neden mi? Öncelikle, uzun bir ihmali telafi için, son üç yıldır, Ortadoğu ülkelerine her fırsatta gitmeye çalışıyorum. Bu esnada, İran'a, Ürdün'e, Mısır'a, Yemen'e bir kez, Lübnan'a iki kez, Suriye'ye altı kez gittim.
Hariri witness says he was bribed
BBC
A man appears on Syrian TV saying he was bribed to give evidence against Syria to the UN Hariri inquiry.
Turkey Retreats On Syria StanceDefenseNews.com
Syrian Witness in U.N. Inquiry on Beirut Killing Reports Bribes
China and India put rivalry aside in Syria bid
UN probe denies offering Syrian witness any compensation
By Leila Hatoum and Majdoline Hatoum
The UN probe investigating the assassination of former Premier Rafik Hariri released a statement Monday in which it denied offering a Syrian witness "any compensation in exchange for information" into the case. The statement added that the witness had voluntarily approached the probe and promised to reply to all questions to the "best of his recollection and knowledge."
Damascus insists UN investigation not affecting foreign investment
By Agence France Presse (AFP)
Syria said Monday that a United Nations investigation into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri had not affected foreign investment into the country, and that it was buoyed by business support from its Arab neighbors. "Until now we haven't seen a negative impact of the UN investigation and the political environment.
Hizbullah and Syria
Syria Comment
Here is a question about Hizbullah I just received and my answer.Dear Professor Landis,In light of last week's border skirmish between Israel and Hezbollah I was hoping you could give your SyriaComment.com readers some insight on how much influence does Syria really wield over Hezbollah?
Sharaa claims Lebanon and Syria turned a 'new page'
Compiled By Daily Star Staff
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa said Monday Syria and Lebanon have opened a "new page" in their ties, adding his country was keen on Lebanon's security and stability. Sharaa's comments came as the Lebanese Prime Minister declared the disputed Shebaa Farms are "fully Lebanese."
Syria's about face leaves Siniora with some explaining to do In what looked like a sudden about-face, Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa announced on Monday that Syria and Lebanon "have embarked upon a new phase in our relations." Sharaa told the world that "we want to open a new page," adding that Syria "wants to see security and stability in Lebanon." The most cynical among the Lebanese are likely to be amused by the juxtaposition of Sharaa's statements:

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