Canada Marks Sixth Anniversary of the Assassination of Rafik Hariri

(No. 65 - February 14, 2011 - 4:55 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement marking the sixth anniversary of the February 14, 2005, assassination of Rafik Hariri, the former prime minister of Lebanon:

"Today marks the sixth anniversary of the assassination of Rafik Hariri, the former prime minister of Lebanon. Rafik Hariri was a courageous and highly respected statesman committed to a pluralistic and modern Lebanon. Our thoughts are with Mr. Hariri’s son and the rest of his family, and the families of the 22 other victims also killed during the assassination.

"Canada has supported, and continues to support, the work of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon as it endeavours to bring to justice those individuals responsible for this crime.

"We urge the future government of Lebanon to maintain full support for and cooperation with the Tribunal and to continue to live up to its obligations under the UN Security Council resolutions on Lebanon.

"Canada calls on all Lebanese parties to work together for peace and stability in Lebanon."

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