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Ban expects new Lebanese Government to cooperate in Hariri murder trial

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expects the newly designated Lebanese Government to abide by its obligation to cooperate with the United Nations-backed tribunal set up to try suspects in the 2005 murder of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, his spokesman said today.

UN envoy and Lebanese Prime Minister discuss prospects for new government

Restoring political stability and achieving a new Lebanese government is possible if all parties are willing to cooperate towards that end, a top United Nations envoy said today following a meeting with the caretaker Prime Minister, Saad Hariri.

Lebanon: UN-backed court receives first indictment in Hariri assassination

The United Nations-backed tribunal set up to try suspects in the 2005 murders of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others received its first indictment today, but its contents remain confidential at this stage.

UN chief closely following developments in Lebanon, urges calm and dialogue

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is closely monitoring developments in Lebanon and has emphasized the importance of preserving calm there, his spokesperson said today.

Ban reiterates support for UN-backed tribunal during meeting with Lebanese leader

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his support for the work of the United Nations-backed tribunal set up to try suspects in the 2005 murders of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others, as he met with the slain leader’s son and current Premier, Saad Hariri.

Lebanon: President Sleiman visits UN peacekeeping operations in south

Lebanese President Michel Sleiman today reaffirmed his country’s “consensus” support for the United Nations peacekeeping operation that was strengthened in 2006 as part of the agreement that ended fighting between Israel and Hizbollah.

Lebanon: UN envoy meets with Hizbollah official on domestic and security issues

Continuing efforts to ease tensions in Lebanon, a senior United Nations official today held wide-ranging talks with the international relations chief of Hizbollah.

UN envoy calls again for dialogue to resolve tensions in Lebanon

The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon today reiterated his concern over the crisis that has put on hold the work of key national institutions, and called once again for dialogue to resolve existing tensions.

Ban welcomes Israel’s decision to withdraw troops from northern Ghajar

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Israeli Government’s decision to withdraw its army from the northern part of Ghajar, a village that straddles the so-called Blue Line separating Israel and Lebanon.

Ban urges greater focus by Israel and Lebanon on reaching permanent peace

Noting that the security situation along the Israeli-Lebanese border is still fragile, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on both sides to step up efforts to move from the current state of cessation of hostilities, as agreed to in August 2006, to a permanent ceasefire.