UN urges Lebanon for govt ahead of security council rotating

Lebanon needs a fully functioning government to take up a rotating Security Council seat it is due to fill next year, a senior U.N. official said.

UN urges Lebanon for govt ahead of security council rotating

Lebanon needs a fully functioning government to take up a rotating Security Council seat it is due to fill next year, a senior U.N. official said on Wednesday.

U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams said he hoped for success in consultations which Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri is due to begin on Thursday with the aim of forming the new government.

"Lebanon is expected to take over one of the rotating seats at the U.N. Security Council for the period 2010 to 2012," Williams said in a statement after a meeting with leading Lebanese Christian politician Michel Aoun.

"This is a very important role for Lebanon, which requires a fully functioning government that can follow up on many important international issues," he said, adding that he had conveyed to Aoun U.N. concerns over the lack of agreement on the cabinet.

Hariri was designated prime minister by lawmakers last week, being assigned the task for the second time since June. The billionaire businessman abandoned a first effort earlier this month and blamed rivals for thwarting his attempt to form a cabinet that would have included all of Lebanon's main players.

The deadlock has raised fears of a protracted government crisis which could endanger the relative stability Lebanon has enjoyed this year. The country has suffered political crises, street violence and a string of assassinations since the 2005 killing of statesman Rafik al-Hariri, Saad's father.

Hariri, Lebanon's main Sunni politician, led an 14 March alliance to victory in the June 7 parliamentary election, beating a rival coalition including Hezbollah and Amal.

Reuters
Last Mod: 24 Eylül 2009, 11:22
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