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UN chief names two appointments for UN criminal tribunals

(Xinhua)

15:55, March 01, 2012

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 29 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Wednesday named two appointments for the Residual Mechanism of the International Criminal Tribunals.

The secretary-general has decided to appoint Judge Theodor Meron of the United States as president of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (the Mechanism), for a term of four years effective March 1, 2012, said a UN statement released by Ban's spokesperson.

The decision was made after consulting the president of the Security Council and the judges of the mechanism, said the statement.

Judge Meron will continue serving as president of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) while working as the president of the mechanism.

"The secretary-general welcomes the decision of the Security Council to appoint Mr. Hassan Bubacar Jallow of the Gambia as prosecutor of the Mechanism," said the statement.

The appointment, which was upon the nomination of the secretary- general, is also effective March 1, 2012 and will be for a term of four years, said the statement.

Jallow will continue serving as prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

"Judge Meron and Mr. Jallow are eminently qualified for the respective positions of president and prosecutor of the mechanism, " said the statement. "The secretary-general believes that the mechanism will benefit immensely from their considerable experience, outstanding leadership skills, and profound commitment to international criminal justice."

The statement added that "the president and the prosecutor shall be present at either seat of the branches of the mechanism as necessary to exercise their functions."

In 2010, the UN Security Council established the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, through resolution 1966 (2010), to finish the remaining tasks of the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and for the Former Yugoslavia.

The Residual Mechanism will commence its operations on July 1, 2012 for the Rwanda Tribunal and on July 1, 2013 for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

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