"Right now, we certainly don't (have the capacity to expand investigation into other killings) and do not, and how could we? Because then we would have like a hundred people too many, because that is what it will probably take to investigate all these cases. So now we have the capacity to deal with the assassination of the 14th of February, that's what we have and that's what we're doing."
4. Medium shot of Mehlis and moderator at press conference table
"We are definitely not seeing full cooperation, because that would be cooperation in a more timely manner, full cooperation would include the time factor. Hopefully it will turn into full cooperation, but as of now, it's what I said it is."
6. Mehlis press conference ends
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Jean-Marc La Sabliere, French Ambassador to the UN:
"We think this request is important, and as I have told you yesterday, we (France) supports this request, so we will propose a text to the other members which will encompass this request. Thank you."
Syria still is not fully cooperating with a probe into the assassination of Lebanon's former Prime Minister, the chief of the inquiry told the U.N. Security Council and the press.
Detlev Mehlis indicated that "we definitely are not seeing full cooperation because that would be cooperation in a timely manner", though he also hoped for a Syria's change of attitude.
The report Mehlis delivered to the council said new evidence strengthened his belief that the Syrian and Lebanese intelligence services had a hand in Rafik Hariri's assassination on February 14 in Beirut.
Since then, the region has seen a string of similar car bombings and assassinations. On Monday, a leading anti-Syrian journalist and lawmaker, Gibran Tueni, was killed by a car bomb outside Beirut.
The Security Council is now considering two Lebanese requests: to widen the probe into former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's death to include other political killings; and to form an international tribunal that would try suspects in his death.
Mehlis already warned that its investigation team doesn't have the capacity to cope with more cases and he pointed he would just concentrate on Hariri's assassination.
France planned to circulate a draft resolution that would extend Mehlis' probe, which had been scheduled to end December 15, by another six months as he has requested.
France's U.N. Ambassador, Jean-Marc de La Sabliere, said his country will soon propose a text to the other members' approval.