3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Daniel Bellemare, chief investigator of Rafik Hariri tribunal:
"The mandate of the commission is set to expire on December 31 of this month, but I have sought a two month extension to allow the commission to continue to function until the day the tribunal starts its operation."
4. Mid of Security Council meeting
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Daniel Bellemare, chief investigator of Rafik Hariri tribunal:
"In relation to the Hariri investigation, I stated before that we had gathered evidence establishing a network of individuals acted in concert to carry out the assassination. Since then the commission has identified new information that may allow us to link additional individuals with the network."
6. Wide of Security Council meeting
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Daniel Bellemare, chief investigator of Rafik Hariri tribunal:
"I know that people want to have more details. They want to know the exact nature of the progress achieved. They want to know what the commission has discovered so far, what leads are currently being pursued. I have said as much as I could responsibly. It must be remembered that lives are at risk. I will not argue my case in the media or in public."
8. Wide of Security Council meeting
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Neven Jurica, Croatian Ambassador and President of Security Council for December:
"Will those in favour of the draft resolution contained in document S-2008-792, please raise their hand?"
10. Pan of Security Council voting
11. Wide of news conference
12. SOUNDBITE: (English) Daniel Bellemare, chief investigator of Rafik Hariri tribunal:
"The court has an obligation that is clearly set out in the statute, within a two month period of time, a request must be made for the file and the file includes documents, potential detainees and so on. So by statute the tribunal is obliged to ask the Lebanese authorities to transfer their file to the tribunal."
The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to extend the investigation into the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
The vote came after the chief investigator, Daniel Bellemare of Canada, asked that his commission's mandate be pushed ahead to February 28, from year's end.
Discussing a report released early this month on the status of the investigation, Bellemare told the Security Council that his team has uncovered fresh information that may link additional individuals to the network responsible for the February 2005 truck bombing that killed Hariri.
He also said additional links have been found between the assassination and some of the 20 other attacks in which his investigators are providing technical assistance to Lebanon's government.
Nobody has been charged in the suicide bombing that killed Hariri and 22 others, although four pro-Syria Lebanese generals have been under arrest for more than three years for alleged involvement.
The first U.N. chief investigator, Detlev Mehlis of Germany, has said the plot's complexity suggested that Syrian and Lebanese intelligence services played a role.
Bellemare said despite calls for more information to become public, he would not provide any details from the investigation because "lives are at risk." The report also said that Syria has provided "satisfactory cooperation."
Syria denies any involvement in Hariri's death.
After the assassination, mass street protests in Lebanon and international pressure forced Syria to withdraw its troops from its neighbour after a 29-year presence.
Bellemare said he could not predict when the investigation will be completed, but said it will continue once he becomes prosecutor of the international tribunal set up to try suspects in Hariri's assassination.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he expects the tribunal to begin operating on March 1 in The Hague, Netherlands.