Japan to Assume Chairmanship of the United Nations Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1636 (2005) concerning the Suspects of Assassination of Former Lebanese Prime Minister

November 24, 2005

  1. Regarding the measures against those suspected of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), on November 23 (Wed), decided by consensus to appoint Mr. Kenzo Oshima, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, as chairman of the UNSC Committee established pursuant to UNSC resolution 1636 (2005). The UNSC also decided to appoint the Ambassadors of Denmark and Romania as vice-chairmen.
  2. When the United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC) or the Government of Lebanon designate the suspects in accordance with the relevant provisions of the UNSC resolution 1636 (2005), the above mentioned Committee, as a subsidiary organization of the UNSC, will have the role of, registering such individuals, as well as, approving exceptions to the measures imposed on suspects from a humanitarian viewpoint etc.
  3. Upon assuming the chairmanship, Japan strongly hopes to take responsibility as a member of the UNSC and contribute to the resolution of this assassination incident as early as possible.
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