Lebanon speaker says U.N. ignores constitution

Lebanon's parliament speaker said on Thursday the U.N. Security Council had ignored the country's constitution in voting to set up a tribunal for suspects in the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.

Lebanon speaker says U.N. ignores constitution
Lebanon's parliament speaker said on Thursday the U.N. Security Council had ignored the country's constitution in voting to set up a tribunal for suspects in the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said the Security Council had also ignored a need for Lebanese consensus on the court, which the Council on Wednesday voted to set up in a move forecast to cause more instability in Lebanon.

"You have picked internationalization instead of the state," Berri, a leading member of the opposition, said in a brief statement.

Berri had refused to call parliament to vote on U.N. plans for the court because he contests the legitimacy of the Beirut government.

The governing coalition, including Saad al-Hariri, son and political heir of the former premier, had made establishment of the tribunal a priority and welcomed the Security Council vote as a victory for Lebanon.

Last Mod: 31 Mayıs 2007, 18:43
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