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Report: Hariri to Tackle Issues Absent from Mustaqbal-Hizbullah Talks during Feb. 14 Speech

Head of the Mustaqbal Movement MP Saad Hariri is scheduled to make an address during a ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of the assassination of former Premier Rafik Hariri on February 14, reported al-Joumhouria newspaper on Saturday.

His speech will likely tackle the contentious issues that have not been addressed during the Mustaqbal-Hizbullah dialogue, it reported.

These topics include the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Hizbullah's fighting in Syria, Lebanon's commitment to international resolutions, starting with resolution 1701, and Lebanon's ties with Arab countries.

The daily reported however that Hariri's speech will likely not affect the Mustaqbal-Hizbullah talks seeing as the former premier is keen on easing sectarian tensions in the country.

He will therefore likely emphasize his commitment to dialogue during his address.

Former PM Rafik Hariri was killed in a massive bombing in Beirut on February 14, 2005.

The March 14 coalition, which was formed in the wake of the assassination, has blamed Hizbullah's ally Syria of being behind the attack.

The coalition is expected to commemorate the anniversary during a ceremony at BIEL exhibition center in downtown Beirut on February 14.

The STL has been set up to investigate the murder and try the suspects.

It has so far indicted five Hizbullah members of being involved in the crime.

The party has denounced the tribunal as an American-Zionist entity aimed at destroying it.

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has vowed that the suspects, who are still at large, will never be found.

M.T.


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