UN chooses Hague for Hariri court

The United Nations has asked the Netherlands to host a special court to try the suspected killers of Rafik al-Hariri, the former Lebanese prime minister, a UN spokeswoman said.

UN chooses Hague for Hariri court
The United Nations has asked the Netherlands to host a special court to try the suspected killers of Rafik al-Hariri, the former Lebanese prime minister, a UN spokeswoman said.

Jan Peter Balkenende, the Dutch prime minister, received a request from Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, but has yet to confirm his country will host the tribunal.

Marie Okabe, deputy UN spokeswoman, said Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general, sent a letter to the Dutch government, asking that the tribunal be established in the Netherlands.

The Hague already hosts the UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and other global tribunals.

Okabe said in a statement: "In his letter, the secretary-general stresses the fact that the Netherlands already hosts several courts and tribunals ... and that the experience gained could be of great value for the special tribunal for Lebanon."

Balkenende said his government would deal with the request "in a constructive manner," his spokesman Gerard van der Wulp said.

Van der Wulp said further discussions were expected "fairly quickly".

Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Temmuz 2007, 13:15
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