Ban backs Lebanon tribunal after government collapse

The government of Prime Minister Saad Hariri collapsed today after the Hezbollah movement and its allies withdrew.

Updated: Jan 13, 2011, 09:57 AM IST

United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday threw his "full support" behind the international tribunal investigating the assassination of
Rafiq Hariri despite the collapse of the government led by Hariri`s son.

"The secretary general is monitoring closely developments in Lebanon, where the situation is fast evolving," said spokesman Martin Nesirky in a statement.

"He emphasizes the importance that calm be preserved. The secretary general further calls for continuing dialogue among all parties and respect for the constitution and the laws of Lebanon. He reiterates his full support for the independent work of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon," Nesirky added.

The government of Prime Minister Saad Hariri collapsed today after the Hezbollah movement and its allies withdrew. Media reports say that the tribunal will soon indict Hezbollah officials for the 2005 assassination.

The indictments are expected to be issued in weeks, but officials have not indicated who the suspects are.

Bureau Report