Security Council extends Del Ponte appointment 17 Sep 2007
The UN Security Council has extended the appointment of ICTY Prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte, until the end of 2007.

The UN Security Council has extended the appointment of ICTY Prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte, until the end of 2007On 14 September 2007, the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 1775, extending the appointment of Carla Del Ponte as Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) until 31 December 2007. Acting on the recommendation of the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, the Security Council passed the resolution prolonging Del Ponte’s mandate, with 14 votes in favour and with one abstention (Russian Federation).

The Secretary-General noted that, although Del Ponte had indicated that she did not wish to be reappointed for a new term, she would be willing to have her present term extended through to the end of the year, pending the appointment of a new Prosecutor.

After abstaining from the vote, the Russian Federation representative expressed his concern at the Prosecutor’s handling of her mandate, stating that Del Ponte had become “some sort of quasi-political player” not befitting her role as an international jurist. France and the United Kingdom reaffirmed their strong support for Del Ponte’s work, with the latter referring to the large number of fugitives whom had been caught under her stewardship, while China congratulated the Prosecutor on her diligent work.

The extension of Del Ponte’s appointment followed an earlier meeting of the Security Council in which it reappointed the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Hasan Bubacar Jallow, for a four-year term. The reappointment of Prosecutor Jallow, who has held the position since 15 September 2003, is subject to an earlier termination by the Security Council upon completion of the Tribunal’s work. Security Council Resolution 1503 (2003) called upon the Tribunal to ‘take all possible measures to complete all trial activities at first instance by the end of 2008, and to complete all work in 2010 (ICTR Completion Strategy)’.

The ICTY aims to complete all its trials by the end of 2009 and all appeals within the two years following.

ICTY press release
Security Council press release (Del Ponte extension)
Security Council press release (Jallow reappointment)

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