Hezbollah says cabinet should discuss Hariri tribunal

October 24, 2011 23:56


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BEIRUT - Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Monday his Shi'ite group, part of Lebanon's government, opposed funding a UN-backed court investigating the killing of Rafik al-Hariri but said the matter should be discussed in cabinet.

Lebanon has yet to pay its $32 million share of this year's funding for the court, whose prosecutor indicted four Hezbollah members over Hariri's 2005 killing. Hezbollah denies any role in the attack and wants Lebanon to cut links to the court.

The Iranian and Syrian-backed group, which says the tribunal is politicized and pursuing an Israeli agenda, toppled the previous government in a dispute over the court, bringing Prime Minister Najib Mikati into office.

But it has softened its tone in recent weeks to avoid a public clash with Mikati who has pledged that Lebanon will meet its international commitments, which include contributions to the court's costs.

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