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October 26, 2011

Now Lebanon - Daher: France to snub Mikati if STL funding not provided, October 26, 2011

Future bloc MP Khaled Daher said that French officials informed Prime Minister Najib Mikati that they “will not receive him” if his government does not provide its annual share of funding to the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
In an interview with Kuwaiti newspaper As-Seyassah published on Wednesday, Daher said that Hezbollah’s ministers should have resigned “because their party was accused of being involved” in the 2005 assassination of ex-Premier Rafik Hariri.
The MP added that he holds Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah responsible for “confiscating” the seat of the Lebanese premiership.
In a reference to Nasrallah’s Monday interview with Al-Manar television, Daher said that the Hezbollah chief was “clearly defying President Michel Sleiman and Mikati” by opposing their commitment to the STL’s funding.
“This tribunal cannot be abolished no matter what, and [Hezbollah] should have dealt with it on a legal basis.”
Nasrallah said on Monday that his party is against paying Lebanon’s share of funding to the STL because of the international court’s “aims, gaps and behavior.”

Hezbollah and other March 8 parties and figures have spoken out against Lebanon’s ties and funding for the tribunal and called it a tool to incite sectarian strife in Lebanon, however, Mikati has repeatedly voiced Lebanon’s commitment to the tribunal.
Four Hezbollah members have been indicted by the STL for the 2005 murder of Rafik Hariri. However, the Shia group strongly denied the charges and refuses to cooperate with the court.

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