Key countries at UN-led meeting voice concern at prolonged Lebanese crisis

Representatives of key Arab and European countries and the United States, in a meeting in Paris led by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, today expressed dismay at the prolonged stand-off over the presidency in Lebanon and reiterated earlier calls for the poll to be held as soon as possible.

After latest bombing, Lebanon seeks assistance of UN probe into Hariri killing

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has received a letter from the Lebanese Government requesting help in the investigation of yesterday’s bombing in eastern Beirut that killed a senior member of the country’s armed forces and at least one of his bodyguards.

Secretary-General, Security Council outraged by another Lebanese terrorist attack

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Security Council members today voiced outrage at yet another terrorist attack in Lebanon – this time a car bombing in Beirut that killed a senior member of the country’s armed forces and at least one of his bodyguards.

Security Council voices concern at repeated delays to Lebanese presidential poll

The Security Council today expressed its “deep concern” at the repeated postponement of the Lebanese presidential election, warning that the delays do not serve the interests of the people of the Middle Eastern country and could lead to a further deterioration of an already tense situation.

Continuing delays in election of new Lebanese president concern Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been holding talks by telephone this week with Lebanon’s political leaders to urge them to find a solution to their tense stand-off over the election of a new president.

Head of UN probe into Hariri assassination ‘more confident than ever’ of success

The head of the United Nations probe into the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri is “more confident and optimistic than ever that the investigation can be concluded successfully,” he told the Security Council today, explaining that his team has been able to answer many key questions regarding the February 2005 attack.

Ban Ki-moon urges calm after Lebanon postpones presidential election again

Reacting to the fifth postponement of the Lebanese presidential election beyond the term of the current incumbent, Emile Lahoud, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all parties to maintain calm and further intensify efforts to reach a compromise as soon as possible.

Secretary-General urges Lebanese leaders to work for national interest

Lebanon’s leaders must place the national interest above their personal and sectarian interests as the country prepares to elect a new president before a constitutional deadline later this month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he wrapped up a two-day visit to the country.

Free and fair presidential election will be ‘milestone’ for Lebanon – Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid a visit today to Lebanon, where he has once again stressed that the holding of a free and fair presidential election later this month, without any foreign interference, would constitute a milestone for a country whose political situation he described as “complex and difficult.”

Secretary-General announces plan to appoint Canadian to head Hariri inquiry

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the Security Council of his plan to appoint a senior Canadian legal figure as the next head of the independent commission tasked with investigating the assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri and many other killings in the Middle Eastern country.