Yemen mediates between Syria, U.S. [Archives:2005/896/Local News]

November 21 2005

SANA'A-Nov. 17 -Official news reports claimed that Yemen tried to bridge the gap between Syria, Washington and Paris to contain tensions threatening regional stability and security.

September 26, a pro-government daily, quoted official sources as saying Thursday that Yemeni efforts centered on narrowing differences in order to secure a continuation of Syrian-U.S.-French dialogue “to serve stability and security in the region.””

Washington and Paris are leading the efforts at the U.N. Security Council to discover the truth behind the Feb. 14 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

A U.N.-commissioned inquiry led by German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis named six Syrian security officials as suspects and a new Security Council resolution urged Damascus to cooperate with the international investigators or face “”further action.””

The paper said Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh received a letter from his Syrian counterpart