Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora [BBC profile] and the anti-Syrian majority in the Lebanese parliament have urged the UN to establish a tribunal [JURIST report] over the objections of the country's pro-Syrian opposition, which also includes Lebanese President Emile Lahoud [official profile]. Ban has stated that it is too soon to establish a tribunal by a UN Security Council mandate, but that he hopes to construct a consensus within the Lebanese government. Hariri's assassination provoked an uproar in Lebanon and amongst the international community against the Syrian presence in Lebanon. The populist response, often referred to as the Cedar Revolution [Wikipedia backgrounder], crossed Lebanon's traditional sectarian lines and culminated in the withdrawal of Syrian troops from the country. AP has more. UN News Service has additional coverage.
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