Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Rafik Harriri

Farid sends a note of a March 20 (today) Wall Street Journal article - by William Harris. We summarise with the caveat that this issue needs burying to enable progress:

A crucial turning point has arrived in the U.N investigation into the murder of former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri, in February 2005.

A report by the chief of the investigation, Belgian Serge Brammertz, presented to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on March 15, establishes that the specific motives for the assassination were strictly political.

The next step should be to establish the special mixed international/Lebanese tribunal envisaged in U.N. Security Council resolution 1664 of March 2006, to prosecute Hariri's murderers and their instigators. All Security Council members approved the draft protocol, detailing the tribunal's authority, after protracted negotiation between Lebanese and U.N. legal experts.

Syria and Hezbollah wish to neuter the tribunal protocol.

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