Lebanon crisis is bid to subvert justice: Clinton

DOHA Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:37pm EST

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends a conference the Town Hall Open Press at Bait Al- Zubair Museum in Muscat January 12, 2011. REUTERS/Sultan Alhasani

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends a conference the Town Hall Open Press at Bait Al- Zubair Museum in Muscat January 12, 2011.

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DOHA (Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Lebanon's coalition crisis on Wednesday was a transparent attempt to subvert justice, but vowed that the work of a U.N.-backed tribunal investigating the assassination of former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri would go on.

"We view what happened today as a transparent effort by those forces inside Lebanon, as well as interests outside Lebanon, to subvert justice and undermine Lebanon's stability and progress," Clinton told a news conference in Doha, Qatar, where she is attending a meeting of regional leaders.

"The work of the special tribunal must go forward so justice can be served and impunity ended," Clinton said.

She was speaking after ministers from Shi'ite group Hezbollah and its allies resigned on Wednesday, toppling the government of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, son of Rafik.

The special tribunal is expected to indict members of Hezbollah over the 2005 killing, in which it denies any role.

"This is a matter that should be allowed to proceed as previously agreed to. This is not only about the tragic assassination of former Prime Minister Hariri, but many other people died and were injured as well," Clinton said.

"Lebanon needs now to rally behind its own interests. The Lebanese people need to get beyond political party. It's not political parties that would be put on trial, it's individuals," she said.

Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani said Qatar had no plans to mediate as it has in previous Lebanese political crises, but added that the Gulf region hoped the Saudi initiative to find a solution could still move forward.

"We still hope that there will be a solution which will avoid Lebanon slipping into conflicts of any sort," he said at a joint appearance with Clinton.

(Reporting by Andrew Quinn, editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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Comments (3)
GenEarlyCSA wrote:
Typical Liberal Appeasement.In Lebanon, Christians have been ethnically cleansed years ago,the UN has stood by impotently as Hezbollah armed and then rearmed,and the Obamanation now has kissed the Syrian’s ring in a show of abject humility that is gratifying to Iran the co-sponsor with Syria of the destruction of Lebanon. But now after the carnage and subjugation is completed Miss Hilary and Hussein Obama ride to the “rescue” to have a “tribunal” which was supposed to have been completed years ago. And even if done,there is no tangible result,just posturing,typical liberal drivel.

Jan 12, 2011 10:55am EST  --  Report as abuse
GenEarlyCSA wrote:
Amazing how comments get posted faster on the Telegraph in London than Reuters, if posted at all. Nothing negative about Miss Hilary huh boys?

Jan 12, 2011 11:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
HFB wrote:
Facts:
- Mossad infiltrated the communication grid of Lebanon and many spies where caught ( cellphone data are being used in the tribunal)
- on the day of the assassination Israel took aerial photos of the area and refused to surrender them to the court
- Witnesses the Miliss used in the beginning they all turned up to be liars .
- Results first judge tried to accuse Syria when he failed he got eliminated and the second is accusing the opposition

- Results where announced and published before even the investigation is over.

other than Israel. I think that Banque el Madina issue that Rafiq hariri caused where lots of people got damaged because they might’ve really orchestrated the whole thing and yes it may have any Lebanese that might belong to any political group. at the end who knows the truth…. But I truly believe the tribunal is designed to hurt Lebanese in general.

Jan 12, 2011 2:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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