Foreign Minister vows 'no impunity' for Hariri killers

31st May 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 31, 2007 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner on Thursday hailed a UN vote to set up an international court to try suspects in the murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri.

PARIS, May 31, 2007 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner on Thursday hailed a UN vote to set up an international court to try suspects in the murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri.

"I welcome the adoption today by the United Nations Security Council of resolution 1757 on the establishment of an international tribunal for Lebanon," Kouchner said in a statement.

"In line with the wishes of the Lebanese people, of all sides and all religious beliefs, there will be no impunity" for Hariri's killers, he said.

"This shows the will of the international community to reinforce the stability of Lebanon," he added, saying the Security Council had "fulfilled its responsibilities faced with the institutional dead end in Lebanon."

The resolution voted on by the 15-member council was sponsored by the United States, Britain, France, Belgium, Slovakia and Italy and brought in at the request of current Lebanese premier Fuad Siniora.


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