Taken Question
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 17, 2011

Question: What is our reaction to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s publication of the indictment of four Hezbollah members?

Answer: As Secretary Clinton said earlier this month, this indictment is an important milestone toward justice and ending a period of impunity for political violence in Lebanon. We appreciate the work of the Special Tribunal and call on the government of Lebanon to continue to meet its obligations under international law to support the Special Tribunal.

The Special Tribunal is an independent judicial entity, established by an agreement between the Lebanese government and the United Nations. It operates in accordance with the same judicial and professional standards as other international tribunals, whether it is those focusing on crimes committed in Europe, Africa or elsewhere. This process is a means of ending the era of impunity for the terrible and tragic violence that has touched all of Lebanon’s communities.

PRN: 2011/1341