Today, Thursday 14 February, is the third anniversary of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and his escort. Ever since 2005, the German Government has called for the perpetrators of this offence and other political attacks in Lebanon to be brought to justice, and has campaigned for the timely establishment of a special tribunal for Lebanon.
The Tribunal can only start its work if funding is secured. The German Government has therefore made one million US dollars available to the Tribunal. The funds are drawn from the Federal Foreign Office budget and will be paid as a voluntary contribution into the trust fund set up for the Tribunal by the United Nations.
With this contribution, Germany is again underscoring its broad commitment to subjecting the political murders in Lebanon to judicial scrutiny and to stabilizing the country in the long term. The German Government calls on other members of the United Nations to also make voluntary contributions for the Special Tribunal.