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The United Nations Interim Force for Lebanon Director of Political and Civil Affairs Milos Strugar stressed on Monday that Israel is obligated to withdraw from the northern section of the village of Ghajar, as well as the areas adjacent to the Blue Line in accordance with U.N. Security Council resolution 1701.
He said: "This matter has been under study for a long time and we had launched an active dialogue on it with both sides based on UNIFIL's suggestion to facilitate the Israeli army's withdrawal from the region."Full Story
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon is close to indicting senior Hizbullah commanders, reported the Wall Street Journal on Monday.
U.N. investigators are likely to indict between two and six members of the party before the end of the year, including Mustafa Badreddine, brother-in-law of slain Hizbullah official Imad Mugniyeh, it added.Full Story
U.S. Senator John Kerry stressed on Monday the United States' "steadfast for a sovereign, independent, stable Lebanon."
He made his statements after holding talks with President Michel Suleiman at the Baabda Palace.Full Story
Minister of Labor Butros Harb noted on Monday that the March 8 forces are seeking to stage a coup against the state institutions.
He told Voice of Lebanon radio that it aims to transfer the false witnesses file to the justice council, a matter that would take years for it to handle.Full Story
Difficulties facing efforts to hold a Cabinet meeting without a Government split reflected the real problem the national unity government was facing.
A source from President Michel Suleiman's ministerial bloc told An-Nahar newspaper in remarks published Monday there were no new developments regarding the false witnesses' issue.Full Story
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said Friday that the delicate situation Lebanon was going through warranted the Christian meeting in Bkirki.
"We are facing challenges, most importantly the explosive situation in the region which will leave an impact on us as Lebanese it we do not act," Geagea told reporters following the meeting held under Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir.Full Story
Naharnet Special Report – Leidschendam:
Special Tribunal for Lebanon President Antonio Cassese succeeded in conveying an "indirect message" of hope to Prosecutor Daniel Bellemare, even at the expense of the credibility of Lebanese journalists who heard Cassese repeatedly saying, in three different ways, that he hoped an indictment would be issued in the 2005 assassination of ex-Pm Rafik Hariri.Full Story
Informed sources at the United Nations Security Council revealed that the council is set to discuss the ongoing threats against the functioning of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon during closed-door consultations on Friday.
The meetings were scheduled after internal consultations in Lebanon failed to ease the tensions on the matter, while Cabinet session was postponed and the majority of opposition members boycotted Thursday's National Dialogue session.Full Story
Naharnet Special Report – Leidschendam:
Attorney General at the office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Prosecutor Daniel Bellemare, Eckhard Vihopf, sufficed with replying that the "indictment will be issued in the near future" when asked when the indictment in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri will be announced.Full Story
A Christian meeting held in Bkirki under Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir on Friday declared Lebanon in "grave danger" and called on the International Community to implement its commitments toward it.
The meeting included officials from the March 14 coalition and independent figures.Full Story