3. Former Lebanese President Amin Gemayel, entering news conference
4. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Amin Gemayel, Former Lebanese President:
"We insist on the need to have justice served. We believe that it's important and that the Lebanese are duty-bound and so is the international community to know what has happened in Lebanon and why all those assassinations have happened. Why are we subjected to threats? This will serve the interests of Lebanon and it would also serve the interests of peace and stability in the entire Middle East region."
5. Cutaway of news conference
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Amin Gemayel, Former Lebanese President:
"We are against. We are for the disarmament of all the non-official groups in Lebanon. I mean that only the Lebanese army and the official security Lebanese forces should carry arm(s) in Lebanon."
7. Cutaway of reporters
8. Cutaway of Gemayel speaking at news conference
9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Amin Gemayel, Former Lebanese President:
"We know very well that several counties all our neighbours are involved in the Lebanese turmoil. For instance some parties in Lebanon don't hide their relation(s) and influence with some foreign countries, mainly Syria and Iran."
10. Close of news conference
11. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Gemayel shaking hands
Nearly two years to the day since the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, a former President of Lebanon on Thursday called on the international community to deliver answers to the politician's death.
Speaking at a news conference at the United Nations, Amin Gemayel, whose own son was assassinated in November 2006, said it that "the Lebanese are duty-bound to know what has happened" with all assassinations.
"This will serve the interests of Lebanon and it would also serve the interests of peace and stability in the entire Middle East region," Gemayel added.
Hariri was killed along with 22 others in a massive 14 February 2005 bomb attack widely blamed on Syrian officials and their Lebanese allies.
On Tuesday the UN signed an agreement with Lebanon setting up a Special Tribunal to prosecute the suspected killers of the former Lebanese Prime Minister.
Gemayel also called for an end to "non-official groups" to put down their arms.
"Only the Lebanese army and the official security Lebanese forces should carry arm(s) in Lebanon," he said.
Gemayel's son, Pierre Gemayel who was Lebanon's industry minister, was assassinated in November 2006.
Gemayel said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that he did not know who was responsible for the killing of his son.
But he accused Syria of plotting a coup d'etat against the government of Prime Minister Fuad Saniora.
On Thursday Gemayel also met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Earlier in the day he met US President George W. Bush.
White House press secretary Tony Snow said the US would demonstrate a commitment to a sovereign and democratic Lebanon and expressed sympathy at the death of Gemayel's son.