Framework of Lebanon’s Constitution

United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams said Monday that the UN called on all political parties in Lebanon to be responsible to work within the framework of Lebanon’s Constitution and its democratic norms, the country’s state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported.

Williams’ words came after his meeting on Monday with Lebanese Forces Party leader Samir Geagea. Williams expressed UN’s concerns over Lebanese situation after the government collapsed last week as 10 ministers from the opposition bloc and one close to President Michel Suleiman resigned.

The Hezbollah-led opposition have for months been pressing Prime Minister Saad Hariri to disavow the Special Tribunal for Lebanon — probing the 2005 assassination of for Prime Minister Rafic Hariri — on the grounds that it is part of a US-Israeli plot that will indict Hezbollah members.

Williams said that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is following events in Lebanon very closely since the resignation of the 11 ministers.

Williams reiterated UN’s longstanding position that dialogue amongst all sides in Lebanon is the only possible means to helping the country out of its current crisis.

“We hope that the crisis will not be prolonged because I think it is in the interest, above all, of the Lebanese people that the crisis is resolved sooner rather than later and that politicians meet their responsibilities,” Williams said.

He also hoped that all political parties will play their part and be properly represented and that this process can be expedited as quickly as possible. (PNA/Xinhua)

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