BEIRUT, May 16 (KUNA) -- Deputy Speaker of the Duma Alexander Turchin has
said Wednesday that his country supported setting up the international
tribunal to try the suspects in the murder of the Lebanese Prime Minister,
International tribunals have been a trend promoted worldwide over the past
period and had positive and negative aspects, he told reporters following
talks with the Lebanese president Emile Lahoud.
He added that establishing such tribunals required hard, amble and accurate
work in terms of the relevant documents describing the process as jewellery
The best jewellery cutters are in Lebanon and this is the best potential
for the Lebanese people to conclude a solution, he added.
As for referring the tribunal issue to the Security Council, the Duma
official said Russians had not been acquainted with any such draft resolutions
adding that work on the tribunal did not require hurrying up but accuracy.
Underscoring the strong bilateral relations, Turchin said that Lebanon had
the capabilities of solving its internal problems with no foreign interference
which is decisively rejected by Russia.
On his part, president Lahoud said in a statement that the external
intervention in Lebanon's internal affairs "impedes accord among the Lebanese
and prevents their meeting to agree on what is good for their country."
He warned against establishing the tribunal under the Seventh Chapter of
the UN Charter.
Turchin had had talks with the Speaker of the Lebanese parliament, Nabih
Berri, on the developments in Lebanon and the region. (end)
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