Hariri continues to support tribunal over his father's killing

09:15, September 21, 2010      

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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has informed members of the country's parliament that he will not back down from supporting the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) over the killing of his father, after such calls were made by the rival parties, an official said Monday.

The prime minister said he would maintain a straight-out relationship with Syria, said Ammar Houri, a member of Lebanese parliament.

Hariri has rejected the rival parties' requirement to abolish the STL, Houri was quoted by local news site Naharnet as saying.

The prime minister intends to hold talks with President Michel Suleiman, House Speaker Nabih Berri, and a number of political figures on the leadership of March 14 Alliance which won the parliamentary elections last June, Houri added.

The prime minister is also expected to address the Lebanese in a day or two, he said.

Houri's words came as tensions are mounting in Lebanon over the investigation on the assassination of Saad Hariri's father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Chief of Lebanese Shiite armed group Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah said that the indictment will accuse his party of the crime. Hezbollah parliament member Mohamad Raad said Monday that "whoever killed Hariri wants to kill the resistance (Hezbollah)."

Source: Xinhua


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