States urged to cooperate with mechanism for criminal tribunals

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Theodor Meron. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Member States of the United Nations have been urged to cooperate with a mechanism to handle the remaining cases of genocide and war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda in the 1990s.

The appeal came from Judge Theodor Meron, President of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals during his report to the Security Council on Thursday.

The mechanism was established by the Council in 2010 to complete the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) after their mandates end.

Judge Meron said his colleagues will continue to work closely with their counterparts at the ICTR and ICTY to ensure a smooth transition of remaining functions and services to the Mechanism.

"The Mechanism relies on States to enforce sentences pronounced by the ICTR, the ICTY, and the Mechanism itself, and it is actively seeking to establish new enforcement agreements with States. The cooperation of States is also particularly vital when it comes to the apprehension of the remaining fugitives." (23')

Judge Meron said that just a few months ago, the Security Council renewed its call on all States to cooperate in the arrest and prosecution of the remaining nine fugitives indicted by the ICTR.

He said three of their cases remain with the Mechanism.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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