MIC Youth and a number of non-governmental organisations have cancelled a planned demonstration against the scheduled visit by Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa to Malaysia on Wednesday.Its chief T.Mohan told a press conference on Sunday that the demonstration, planned to be held in front of the Sri Lankan High Commission, was cancelled following a news report that Rajapaksa would not be attending the Islamic World Economic Forum in Johor scheduled from Dec 4 to 6. (Bernama)
Secretary-General Kofi Annan was “very pleased” at this outcome, and expects Syria’s cooperation to continue throughout Mr. Mehlis’ investigation, the spokesperson said.Mr. Mehlis heads the UN International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC) which, in an interim report earlier this month, determined that “converging evidence” pointed at both Lebanese and Syrian involvement in the 14 February assassination of Mr. Hariri, in which 22 other people also died.The Security Council endorsed an extension of the Commission’s mandate until 15 December and decided to extend it further if so recommended by the Commission and requested by the Lebanese Government. Mr. Annan and the Council have called on Syria to cooperate fully with the investigation.The assassination led to renewed calls for the withdrawal of all Syrian troops and intelligence agents who had been in Lebanon since the early stages of the country’s 1975-1990 civil war, and the UN reported that Syrian troops were withdrawn in April.