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July 21, 2010 - Now Lebanon - Gemayel challenges Nasrallah: “Hezbollah will not have its way”

Kataeb Party leader Amin Gemayel on Wednesday night repeatedly challenged Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah over comments he made almost a week ago, but that continue to spur response from Lebanon’s political circles, saying, “We have all survived the same challenges, and we have all been through the same crises, so Hezbollah will not have its way.”

In a speech last Friday, Nasrallah called the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) an “Israeli project” designed to target Hezbollah by stirring up sectarian strife in the country.

Gemayel said Nasrallah’s speech was dangerous because the Hezbollah leader spoke as if he is anticipating a new May 7 events. Gemayel warned the party cannot call the shots just because it is armed.

“Nasrallah’s statements do not frighten us, but they make us concerned about the country,” he added.

By taking on the STL, Gemayel said Nasrallah is essentially going up against the international community. If the Hezbollah leader’s claim that the STL is trying to frame the party is true, then Nasrallah should come up with an alternative solution to investigating the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, Gemayel added.

There are only two options from here, according to the Kataeb Party leader, “We either confront Nasrallah, which will widen the gap [between us], or we hold onto state institutions and the STL. The latter is [our] best response to Nasrallah.”

He affirmed a desire for good relations with Damascus, but said, “Coordinating [our] foreign policy with Syria is critical, because there are regional issues that we do not see eye-to-eye.”

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Background - خلفية

On 13 December 2005 the Government of the Lebanese Republic requested the UN to establish a tribunal of an international character to try all those who are alleged responsible for the attack of 14 february 2005 that killed the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others. The United Nations and the Lebanese Republic consequently negotiated an agreement on the establishment of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Liens - Links - مواقع ذات صلة

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, David Schenker , March 30, 2010 . Beirut Spring: The Hariri Tribunal Goes Hunting for Hizballah

Frederic Megret, McGill University, 2008. A special tribunal for Lebanon: the UN Security Council and the emancipation of International Criminal Justice

International Center for Transitional Justice Handbook on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, April 10, 2008

United Nations
Conférence de presse de Nicolas Michel, 19 Sept 2007
Conférence de presse de Nicolas Michel, 27 Mars 2008

Département d'Etat américain
* 2009 Human Rights report
* 2008 Human Rights report
* 2007 Human Rights report
* 2006 Human Rights report
* 2005 Human Rights report

ICG - International Crisis Group
The Hariri Tribunal: Separate the Political and the Judicial, 19 July, 2007. [Fr]

HCSS - Hague Centre for strategic studies
Hariri, Homicide and the Hague

Human Rights Watch
* Hariri Tribunal can restore faith in law, 11 may 2006
* Letter to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, april 27, 2006

Amnesty International
* STL insufficient without wider action to combat impunity
* Liban : le Tribunal de tous les dangers, mai 2007
* Jeu de mecano

Courrier de l'ACAT - Wadih Al Asmar
Le Tribunal spécial pour le Liban : entre espoir et inquiétude

Georges Corm
La justice penale internationale pour le Liban : bienfait ou malediction?

Nadim Shedadi and Elizabeth Wilmshurt, Chatham House
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon : the UN on Trial?, July 2007

Issam Michael Saliba, Law Library of Congress
International Tribunals, National Crimes and the Hariri Assassination : a novel development in International Criminal Law, June 2007

Mona Yacoubian, Council on Foreign Relations
Linkages between Special UN Tribunal, Lebanon, and Syria, June 1, 2007