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The Hague, 30 June 2011
Security Council Extends Terms of ICTY Judges and Calls for Increased Cooperation with the Tribunal
The Tribunal welcomes the Security Council’s decision to extend the terms of office of 17 of its judges, which represents a meaningful step in support of the successful completion of the Tribunal’s strategy.
The Security Council’s resolution, which was adopted unanimously yesterday, extends the terms of office of eight permanent and nine ad litem judges until 31 December 2012 or until the completion of the cases to which they are assigned, if sooner.
The resolution responds to the request of the Tribunal’s President, Judge Patrick Robinson, for the Member States to guarantee adequate staffing of the Tribunal so it can complete its work expeditiously. The Security Council reiterated “the importance of the International Tribunal being adequately staffed to complete its work expeditiously,” and called upon “relevant United Nations bodies to intensify cooperation with the Secretariat and the Registrar of the International Tribunal and to take a flexible approach in order to find practicable solutions to address this issue as the International Tribunal approaches the completion of its work, and at the same time calls upon the International Tribunal to renew its efforts to focus on its core functions.”
In further support of the Tribunal’s mandate, the Security Council called upon countries that have not concluded agreements for the enforcement of sentences of persons convicted by the Tribunal to consider doing so. The Security Council commended States that have concluded such agreements and called upon them to renew their commitment to the enforcement of sentences and to look positively on requests from the Tribunal in this regard.
The Security Council reiterated its call on Members States, especially the States of the former Yugoslavia, to intensify cooperation with the Tribunal, particularly with respect to the arrest of the only remaining fugitive, Goran Hadžić.
The full text of the Resolution can be found at:
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
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