Finance Minister Mohammed Safadi slammed on Wednesday former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s “inciting remarks” against Premier Najib Miqati and himself on Tuesday, saying they “will provoke people against each other in Tripoli and other areas.”
“We had hoped that Hariri would have attended the parliament sessions to grant cabinet confidence instead of talking about in Paris through statements that don’t reflect his position,” said his press office in a statement.Full Story
The Syrian Social National Party condemned on Wednesday a Saudi report claiming that the party was behind the assassination of former Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel and attempted assassination of journalist May Chidiac.
It said in a statement: “The report is baseless. It should have investigated the facts by the concerned Lebanese judicial sides.”Full Story
U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams said on Wednesday that he will travel to New York the upcoming week to discuss with the U.N. Security Council the possibility of holding a meeting over resolution 1701.
He stressed after a meeting with Prime Minister Najib Miqati the importance of committing to international agreements according to U.N. Security Council resolution 1701 and all the Security Council resolutions.Full Story
The March 14 General Secretariat announced on Wednesday the launch of its campaign to topple Prime Minister Najib Miqati’s government “through all possible peaceful and democratic means.”
General Secretariat coordinator Fares Soaid said: “We are not keen on creating security unrest and diplomatic problems in Lebanon.”Full Story
Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat described in a leaked U.S. Embassy cable General Prosecutor Saeed Mirza as weak, adding that he doesn’t deserve his position.
The WikiLeaks cable dated March 22, 2008, spoke of the MP’s fear of a Hizbullah and Syria-led campaign to release the four generals who were imprisoned for allegedly being involved in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.Full Story
Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said that the cabinet’s meeting on Thursday will not discuss the interior ministry’s new appointments not regarding the director-general of General Security nor the judiciary police chief.
“These appointments are interlinked with other appointments,” Charbel told As Safir newspaper on Wednesday.Full Story
Prosecutor General Saeed Mirza said that there is time to find and arrest the four people named in the warrants issued by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon probing ex-Premier Rafik Hariri’s assassination.
“We have 30 days to deal with the issue,” Mirza told An Nahar newspaper on Wednesday.Full Story
A high-ranking source in the March 8 forces said that the majority agrees with former Premier Saad Hariri that it won’t be able to change anything in the indictment issued by the international tribunal.
But the source told As Safir daily on Wednesday that experience in the past six years showed that the U.S. and Israel are capable of changing the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s accusations.Full Story
President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Antonio Cassese said that the release of the indictment along with the arrest warrants in ex-Premier Rafik Hariri’s assassination case is a critical moment for Lebanon and the region.
“This is a decisive moment for the Lebanese, their state and for international justice. It is also a decisive moment for the region,” Cassese said in an opinion article published Wednesday in The New York Times.Full Story
Former premier Saad Hariri stressed Tuesday that “nothing will be changed in the indictment” issued last month by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon along with arrest warrants for four Hizbullah members in the assassination of ex-PM Rafik Hariri, “even if (Hizbullah chief) Sayyed (Hassan) Nasrallah holds 300 press conferences.”
“I will return to Beirut as soon as possible,” Hariri, who is currently in Paris, announced in an interview on MTV, when asked whether his next interview will be broadcast from the Lebanese capital.Full Story