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October 25, 2011

Now Lebanon - Samir Franjieh warns against not funding STL, October 25, 2011

March 14 General Secretariat member Samir Franjieh said on Tuesday that if Lebanon does not provide its share of funding to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) “it will enter a dangerous phase of confronting the international community.”

Franjieh also told LBC television that Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s Monday statements shows that Hezbollah has no awareness of the dangers of facing the international community.
Nasrallah said on Monday evening that his party is against paying Lebanon’s share of funding to the STL because of the international court’s “aims, gaps and behavior.”

Meanwhile, US Ambassador to Lebanon Connelly expressed on Monday her country’s concern that a failure by Lebanon to meets its obligation to the UN-backed STL could lead to serious consequences.

Franjieh also said that the “Our Lady of the Mountain” gathering will discuss its Sunday statement with Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai.

The “Our Lady of the Mountain” Christian gathering convened on Sunday and issued a statement calling for Christian-Muslim partnership in the Arab world.

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, PM Najib Mikati has repeatedly voiced Lebanon’s commitment to the tribunal.
Four Hezbollah members have been indicted by the STL for the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. However, the Shia group strongly denies the charges and refuses to cooperate with the court.  

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