Minister Cannon Announces New Contribution to Special Tribunal for Lebanon

(No. 121 - March 24, 2011 - 9:10 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announces a new Canadian contribution to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon:

"We are pleased to announce a contribution of $1 million to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Canada has been a strong supporter of the Tribunal, having already contributed $3.7 million to the voluntarily funded Tribunal since 2007.

"We reaffirm our support for the Special Tribunal as it endeavours to bring to justice those responsible for the assassinations of former prime minister Rafiq Hariri and others. We commend the Tribunal’s work in ensuring that the perpetrators of these crimes are held accountable, thus contributing to ending impunity for acts of terrorism.

"We urge the future Lebanese government to continue to support and cooperate with the Tribunal and to continue to uphold its obligations under UN Security Council resolutions on Lebanon. Canada strongly supports the Lebanese government’s efforts to strengthen democracy, justice and security in Lebanon."

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