UN progress on Hariri murder

2010-03-07 21:12

Kuwait City - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Sunday a report published by a UN tribunal investigating the 2005 murder of his former premier father gave hope the killers will be identified.

"The report gives us hope," Hariri told reporters on a visit to Kuwait. "The report is an indication to the credibility of the tribunal.

"The report shows the tribunal needs more time to reach the truth, and the Lebanese government and people should wait," he added.

The Hague-based tribunal was set up by a UN Security Council resolution in 2007 to try suspects in the murder of Rafiq Hariri, killed in a massive bomb blast on the Beirut seafront in February 2005.

In its first annual report published on Saturday, the tribunal said investigators were getting closer to identifying the suicide bomber who carried out the attack.

Syria implicated

The report said the prosecutor had "made significant progress towards building a case which will bring perpetrators to justice".

Prosecutors were "getting closer to identifying the suspected suicide bomber by narrowing down the individual's geographic origin and partially reconstructing the individual's face", the report said.

The bombing was widely blamed on Syria although Damascus has denied any involvement. A UN commission of inquiry said it had found evidence to implicate Syrian and Lebanese intelligence services but there are no suspects in custody.

Hariri, who arrived in Kuwait on Saturday for a two-day visit, held talks with Kuwait's emir and the prime minister on boosting relations and Kuwaiti aid to Lebanon.