EU urges Hezbollah-dominated government to respect Hariri tribunal
The new Hezbollah-dominated government in Lebanon must respect the United Nations tribunal which is thought likely to indict some Hezbollah members in connection to the murder of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the European Union said Tuesday.
"The European Union expects the new government to uphold Lebanon's international obligations including with respect to ... the Special Tribunal for Lebanon," EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement, DPA reported.
The UN tribunal was set up in the wake of the 2005 assassination of Hariri. His son, Saad, resigned as prime minister in January after Hezbollah and its allies withdrew eleven of thirty cabinet members over a row regarding the UN court.
Hezbollah, which with its allies holds 19 out of 30 cabinet seats in the new government announced on Monday, denies any involvement in the murder of Hariri.
Ashton urged the militant Islamist movement to also respect the terms of UN Security Council resolution 1701, which in 2006 helped end hostilities between Israel and Lebanon.
She said the EU would "continue (its) support at all levels in favour of a sovereign, independent, just, democratic, peaceful and stable Lebanon."