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Wednesday, 04 March 2009

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The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday welcomed the opening of a special tribunal for Lebanon

Security Council Backs International Tribunal

The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday welcomed the opening of a special tribunal for Lebanon that will investigate the murder of former premier Rafik Hariri.

In a unanimously-backed declaration, Security Council members voiced hopes that the tribunal would "end impunity in Lebanon."

"(Members) welcomed the commencement of the functioning of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon on 1 March 2009 in The Hague as an important step ... to bring to justice those responsible for the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri," the declaration said.

Hariri -- a multi-billionaire and five-time prime minister -- was killed along with 22 others on February 14, 2005, when a massive car bomb exploded near Beirut's Corniche promenade as his convoy passed.

The 15-member Security Council "reiterated their strong support for the Special Tribunal," while stressing "the importance of the full cooperation of Member States with the Office of the Prosecutor," the statement read by Libyan Charge d'Affairs Ibrahim Dabbashi said.

It follows a U.N. preliminary investigation, launched in 2005, into the killings, which implicated Syrian and Lebanese security officials.

Lebanon has detained four generals in Lebanon's largely pro-Syrian security services for the last four years, on suspicion of premeditated murder, attempted premeditated murder and carrying out terrorist acts.

Three civilians also accused of being involved in the attack have been released on bail.

Marking the tribunal's formal opening earlier this week, U.N. chief prosecutor Daniel Bellemare labeled it the world's first anti-terrorist court.

"By the very nature of its mandate, the STL (Special Tribunal for Lebanon) is the first international anti-terrorist tribunal," he told VIPs, diplomats and journalists in the Netherlands.

The tribunal, located in the suburb of Leidschendam, was created by a 2007 U.N. Security Council resolution and will apply Lebanese law. It has an initial, renewable, three-year mandate.(AFP)
 
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3 March 09

Media Stakeout: Press statement by the President of the Security Council and Chargés d’affaires of the Permanent Mission of Libya, Mr. Ibrahim Dabbashi, on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and informal comments to the Media on Sudan and other matters.
[Webcast: Archived Video - 11 minutes ] (English and Arabic)

3 March 09

Media Stakeout: Informal comments to the Media by the Permanent Representative of France, H.E. Mr. Jean-Maurice Ripert, on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the situation in Sudan.
[Webcast: Archived Video - 5 minutes ] (French and English)

 

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3 March 2009

Security Council
SC/9606
L/3139

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

SECURITY COUNCIL PRESS STATEMENT ON SPECIAL TRIBUNAL FOR LEBANON

 


The following Security Council press statement on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon was read out today by Council President Ibrahim Dabbashi ( Libya):


The members of the Security Council welcomed the commencement of the functioning of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon on 1 March 2009 in The Hague as an important step by Lebanon and the international community to bring to justice those responsible for the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others on 14 February 2005 and related cases, in conformity with the Statute of the Tribunal, and to end impunity in Lebanon.


The members of the Security Council commended the International Independent Investigation Commission for its extensive work, and welcomed Daniel Bellemare’s assumption of the Tribunal’s Office of the Prosecutor


The members of the Security Council commended as well the Secretary-General for his outstanding efforts, as described in his last report (document S/2009/106) on the implementation of resolution 1757 (2007), in undertaking, in coordination with the Government of Lebanon, the steps and measures necessary to establish the Special Tribunal.  They welcomed the Secretary-General’s reaffirmation of the unwavering commitment of the United Nations to the Tribunal’s mission as well as his continuing endeavour to ensure that the Special Tribunal will be able to achieve its mandate in the most effective manner, in conformity with resolution 1757 (2007).


The members of the Security Council reiterated their strong support for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and recalled its resolution 1852 (2008) which underlined the importance of the continuation of the full cooperation of Member States with the Office of the Prosecutor, in accordance with resolution 1757 (2007), in order to enable effective investigations and prosecutions.


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