Cabinet still undecided on STL clause in ministerial statement


The 12-member ministerial committee that has been charged with drafting the ministerial policy statement has not yet been able to decide on the controversial issue of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) .

Informed sources told Al Sharq al Awsat newspaper in a report published on Friday that the ministerial policy statement will adopt a vague paragraph in which it will state that that Lebanon is committed to all International Resolutions.

On Thursday al-Liwaa daily said that the representatives of Hezbollah and FPM chief Michel Aoun stressed to PM Nagib Mikati their rejection to mention the STL in the policy statement.

According to al-Liwaa Hezbollah and Aoun representatives suggested to Mikati replacing the name of the international tribunal in the policy statement with “justice and the truth” . This reportedly forced the PM to defer the issue.

As Safir newspaper quoted a minister on Thursday as saying that the STL clause will be drafted in a way that “wouldn’t antagonize the international community and wouldn’t provoke any local party.”

The males only cabinet of 30 ministers was announced last Monday June 13 by PM Miati after nearly five months of disputes . Syrian president Bashar al Assad reportedly stepped in at the eleventh hour to put pressure on March 8th alliance to form the cabinet .

The issue of the UN resolution affecting the Special Tribunal for Lebanon is one of the most important for the opposition.

The Iranian- and Syrian-backed Hezbollah brought down PM Saad Hariri’s government on January 12 over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s (STL) imminent indictment which is widely expected to implicate Hezbollah members in the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri in 2005.

The March 14 leaders confirmed that they would continue their campaign against the cabinet and will use all available means to democratically topple it