Mubarak, Saniora discuss situation in Lebanon

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April 23, 2007 15:02




Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora took his campaign for a tribunal for the killers of Rafik Hariri to Egypt on Monday, holding talks with its president days after the United Nations indicated it was unwilling to appoint such a court without all-party agreement. "We will exert all efforts and exhaust all means that lead to the establishment of this tribunal in Lebanon, and let it be known that we really want this court to be established," Saniora told reporters after talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Saniora's government has been pushing for the creation of a UN-appointed tribunal to try the suspected killers of Hariri, the former Lebanese prime minister who was assassinated by a massive truck bomb in February 2005. The opposition has refused to take part in a parliamentary vote that would ratify the court, arguing there must be limitations on its terms of reference. The government asked the world body to impose the tribunal on the country. But the United Nations' chief legal counsel, Nicolas Michel, indicated Friday that this would not happen. Speaking at the end of a visit to Lebanon, Michel said the United Nations would prefer the rival factions to agree on the tribunal.


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