UN chief urges no interference in Hariri tribunal

UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged all parties in Lebanon and Syria not to interfere in the work of the UN tribunal investigating the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.
The UN chief's message was clearly directed at Lebanon's militant group Hizbullah and its ally Syria, which have been mounting a campaign to try to undermine the tribunal by raising doubts about its neutrality.
Ban told reporters Wednesday that the United Nations supports the tribunal's work and said Lebanese and regional parties should not prejudge the outcome.