WASHINGTON, D.C.: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday remembered the 6 year anniversary of the assassinations of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others.
On February 14, 2005 a car bomb in downtown Beirut killed Hariri and 22 other people, reminding "all Lebanese of the fragility of their pluralistic system," Clinton said.
"Rafiq Hariri was not only a symbol for Lebanon; he was a husband, father, brother, and friend. He transcended sect and stood with the people of Lebanon, giving hope to his country after 15 years of ruinous civil war," the Secretary of Stated added.
Clinton also called on the next Lebanese government to provide stability and promote justice for the people of Lebanon by honoring its obligations to the Tribunal, describing the situation as "a decisive moment for Lebanon."
"No more Lebanese families should ever have to mourn the deaths of loved ones at the hand of cowardly assassins," Clinton stated. "Those who would try to block Lebanon's cooperation should desist and show a measure of human decency. Ultimately, without justice, there can be no peace and stability for Lebanon."
The Secretary of State also reassured U.S.' support for the full implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 1701, 1680 and 1559.
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