UN chief calls for "calm," "continuing dialogue" as Lebanese government collapses

UN chief calls for "calm," "continuing dialogue" as Lebanese government collapses

UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon is watching closely the situation in Lebanon after the coalition government in the Middle East country fell apart on Wednesday, a statement from his spokesman Martin Nesirky said, Xinhua reported.

"The secretary-general is monitoring closely developments in Lebanon, where the situation is fast evolving," the statement released here on Wednesday said.

"He emphasizes the importance that calm be preserved," it added.

The government collapse came as 11 of 30 cabinet members, most from the Hezbollah-dominated March 8 Alliance, resigned due to disagreements regarding the investigation of former prime minister Rafik Hariri's murder in 2005.

The UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) has undertaken the investigation and will reportedly issue indictment for some Hezbollah members.

"The secretary-general further calls for continuing dialogue among all parties and respect for the constitution and the laws of Lebanon," the statement added. "He reiterates his full support for the independent work of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon."

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