Pressure on the Hariri Commission builds

09 October 2006 by Jerome Mayer-Cantu

On September 25, the United Nations commission investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri published a new provisional report. However, since the 34-day war between Israel and the Hezbollah in July-August, the commission has come under greater pressure. Syria, which is a target of the international investigation, is trying to thwart the commission's efforts, while its Lebanese ally, Hezbollah, is weakening the central government.

Hezbollah, which emerged from the war more powerful than ever, has called for the Lebanese government's resignation, saying that it was incapable of protecting the Lebanese state from foreign aggression. But on October 5, the Maronite Bishops Council, a powerful Christian organization, said that these recent calls from Hezbollah were "attempts to hamper the creation of an international tribunal to try former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassins."

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