Russia runs into opposition on Hariri murder probe

The Security Council failed again Thursday to agree on a response to a report on the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister that said 10 countries resisted cooperation with the investigation. Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said some council members disapproved of his country's draft letter to chief investigator Serge Brammertz, so the text would now be sent to council experts, in hopes they can come up with acceptable language. Churkin criticized revisions proposed during Thursday's consultations, saying they "completely forgot the whole subject." Churkin said any letter must express concern that countries were not cooperating with the probe of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassination and seek more information about their lack of cooperation. The revisions to the letter - whose author he did not name - were "referring to the council's support of Mr. Brammertz and encouraging him to say what he thinks fit," Churkin said. "Mr. Brammertz has this right and ability anyway, so he doesn't have to be reminded by the council that he can share his concerns."