The Prosecutor of the ICTR, Mr. Justice Hassan Bubacar Jallow and the ICTR Registrar, Mr. Adama Dieng, on Thursday 14 December 2006 paid a courtesy call on the outgoing UN Secretary-General, H.E Mr. Kofi Annan at his office at UN Headquarters in New York.
During the visit, Justice Jallow, who was also accompanied by Mr. Charles Adeogun-Phillips, Senior Trial Attorney, congratulated H.E Mr. Annan on his successful 10 year tenure as the UN Secretary-General.
Describing the Secretary-General as a “pillar of encouragement, understanding and support to the cause of International criminal justice”, Justice Jallow paid tribute to the Secretary-General’s commitment to the fight against impunity. Justice Jallow also briefed the Secretary-General on the progress of the ICTR completion strategy and confirmed that Tribunal was on schedule to complete its work as anticipated.
The Registrar of the Tribunal, Mr. Adama Dieng, also briefed the Secretary-General on a vast range of administrative and budgetary matters falling within his preview as Registrar. He also conveyed, to H.E Annan, the best wishes of all ICTR staff members.
The Secretary-General expressed his satisfaction at the achievements recorded by the ICTR to date. He also paid glorying tribute to the selfless service of the men and women who are involved in the work of the Tribunal and requested that his best wishes be conveyed to them.
Earlier on Thursday, the Prosecutor and the Registrar attended a session of the General Assembly for the tributes to Secretary-General H.E Mr. Kofi Annan and the administration of the oath of office to Secretary-General Designate H.E Mr. Ban Ki-Moon by the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa .