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UN and Lebanon await Security Council go-ahead for Hariri murder tribunal

After briefing the Security Council on his preliminary talks with Lebanese officials, a top United Nations legal official said today he was ready to hold negotiations on a possible international tribunal to try suspects in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 22 others.

Mixed international and Lebanese tribunal best to try Hariri case – Annan

A mixed tribunal, with both Lebanese and international participation, would best serve justice in the terrorist bombing that killed the country’s former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan suggested in a preliminary report to the Security Council released today.

Lebanon: UN envoy continues regional mission on eve of new reconciliation talks

Ahead of tomorrow’s resumption of multi-party talks in Lebanon aimed at bringing about national reconciliation, a senior United Nations official today conferred with senior officials of Qatar, a key regional player.

Lebanon: UN reports progress in Syrian cooperation with Hariri murder probe

In contrast to earlier problems with Syrian cooperation, the United Nations panel looking into last year’s assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri today reported progress in this “critical area,” with a common understanding reached regarding access to individuals, sites and information.

Senior UN Lebanon envoy reports accord among key Security Council countries

Wrapping up a series of visits to the capitals of permanent members of the Security Council, a senior United Nations Lebanon envoy said today in China that there is agreement on major issues in the country’s further political progress.

UN envoy calls on Israel to end air violations of Lebanon

Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Personal Representative for Southern Lebanon once more called on Israel today to end its air violations of the Blue Line and Lebanese sovereignty.

Annan welcomes national dialogue towards stability in Lebanon

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan welcomed the national dialogue officially initiated today by the Lebanese Speaker of Parliament on issues critical for the country, expressing hope that it will contribute to political stability there.

UN legal official and Lebanese judges confer on international court in Hariri case

The senior United Nations legal official has held three days of talks at United Nations Headquarters in New York with a Lebanese Government delegation on the establishment of a tribunal of an international character to try those charged with the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and others.

Lebanon: UN envoy supports start of national dialogue to strengthen State control

A top United Nations envoy told the Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament that he supported national dialogue as a way to accomplish the disbanding of foreign and domestic militias in the country and meet other Security Council requirements.

UN investigator into Lebanese PM’s assassination meets Syrian officials

The head of the United Nations investigation into last year’s assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri held his first meeting in Damascus with Syrian officials today, a UN spokesman said.