» 06/30/2011, 00.00
Hariri assassination: arrest warrants for four members of Hizbollah
The UN’s Special Tribunal for Lebanon issues the arrest warrants. Saad Hariri, son of Lebanon’s slain prime minister, who is himself a former prime minister, is pleased by the decision, calling it an “historic moment”. The newly formed pro-Syrian, Shia-dominated cabinet is now at risk. The political confrontation could bring chaos to the country.
Despite attacks, Patriarch Sfeir renews his support for international tribunal
Tensions are rising in Lebanon over UN-backed special tribunal after rumours suggest some Hizbollah figures could be indicted in Hariri bombing. Hizbollah leader warns his movement will cut off the hands of anyone who tries to get at its members.
Tensions running high in Beirut as Hariri indictments approach
Rumours about the involvement of Hizbollah officials in the Hariri murder have paralysed the government in some measure as the opposition boycotts the cabinet. However, in Lebanon few fear a possible coup by Hizbollah. The ongoing struggle involves regional and world powers.
25/11/2010 LEBANON – TURKEY
Erdogan in Beirut, a mediator on a Neo-Ottoman quest
Local politicians and public opinion praise the Turkish prime minister, who stressed historic ties between the two countries and his desire to do “everything” to preserve Lebanon’s unity and peace. For Erdogan, Beirut is an important step to reassert Turkey’s role in the region.
An anachronistic government in the hands of Hizbollah and Syria
The new cabinet headed by Nagib Mikati embodies Shia and Syrian influence. The Special Tribunal for Lebanon on Rafik Hariri’s murder is the issue that might lead to confrontation with the West.
As Lebanon’s government collapses, the country’s stability is endangered
Led by Hizbollah, opposition ministers resign over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon set up by the United Nations to investigate into the Hariri assassination. Syria, Saudi Arabia, the United States, France and Iran are involved in a diplomatic tug-of-war. With the country on the edge of the abyss, a simple incident might trigger civil war or clashes between Sunnis and Shias.
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