Lahoud: Chirac meddling in Lebanon

Lebanon's leader says the tribunal looking into al-Hariri's killing should be neutral.

    Lebanese president Emilie Lahoud says France is interfering in Lebanon's internal affairs

    His comments came after the UN and the Lebanese government agreed on Thursday that a tribunal to prosecute the suspected killers should be composed mainly of international judges.

    Kofi Annan, the UN secretary-general, said in a report to the UN Security Council that having a majority of international judges in the mixed tribunal would help ensure its independence.

    Lahoud, who is regarded as pro-Syrian, challenged that decision, saying that the country's latest political crisis and the resignations of the government's Shia and pro-Syrian ministers have stripped it of its authority.

    "When according to our constitution one complete sect of religion leaves the government.. no power stays legal," he told Al Jazeera.

    "When according to our constitution one complete sect of religion leaves the government.. no power stays legal"

    Emile Lahoud, the Lebanese president

    Send us your views

    "Because of that they are not legal and when they met they were not legal and they sent it to the UN," he said referring to the meeting held on the subject by the anti-Syrian prime minister, Fuoad Siniora, on Monday.

    French blamed

    Lahoud also repeated his recent accusations that Jacques Chirac, the French president, was meddling in Lebanon's affairs and was trying to influence the UN.

    "Mr Chirac is getting into all the interior matters of the UN… and you know they have the veto as well."

    Lahoud also denied any involvement in the assassination of al-Hariri and said he hoped "the tribunal will be a real tribunal and will seek justice and not become politicised."

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    Al Jazeera examines three weeks of war from which both Arabs and Israelis claimed to emerge victorious.