17 December 2008
Secretary-General
SG/SM/12015
L/3133

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

FOLLOWING SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION, SECRETARY-GENERAL ANNOUNCES 1 MARCH 2009


START DATE FOR SPECIAL LEBANON TRIBUNAL ON HARIRI ASSASSINATION


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:


Following the adoption by the Security Council today of resolution 1852 (2008) extending the mandate of the International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC) to 28 February 2009, the Secretary-General is pleased to announce his decision that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon will commence functioning on 1 March 2009.


The Secretary-General has made this determination in accordance with article 19 (2) of the Annex to resolution 1757 (2007), after consultation with the Prime Minister of Lebanon, Fouad Siniora, and with the IIIC Commissioner, Daniel Bellemare.


This commencement date will be preceded by a two-month period starting on 1 January 2009, during which there will be a coordinated transition of IIIC staff from Beirut to The Hague.  Mr. Bellemare will then take up his functions as the Prosecutor in The Hague on 1 March 2009.


The Secretary-General underlines his firm commitment to ending impunity and to the need to bring to justice those responsible for the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, and related attacks.


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