Annan Bows to Rwandan Pressure to Replace del Ponte in Court
Castle, Stephen, The Independent (London, England)
CARLA DEL PONTE is expected to lose her job as chief prosecutor of the United Nations court investigating the genocide in Rwanda after a showdown with Kofi Annan, the secretary general of the United Nations.
Ms Del Ponte, who is also chief prosecutor of the court in The Hague trying Balkans war crimes, failed to persuade Mr Annan not to split the two posts. She said the Rwandan government was leading a politically motivated campaign to have her replaced.
But after the discussions in New York, Mr Annan confirmed that he was proposing the appointment of a new prosecutor for the Rwandan tribunal to the UN Security Council, which will have the final say.
Mr Annan, who is already said to have sounded out senior diplomats, said: "Since their inception, one prosecutor has been managing both tribunals. There is a sense that, as we approach the end ... it may be necessary to have two prosecutors to [come up with a completion strategy.]"
Allies of the Swiss-born chief prosecutor believe Mr Annan is caving in to political pressure. Ms Del Ponte has accused the Tutsi- led government of refusing to co-operate with the court because of her determination to investigate alleged abuses by the predominantly Tutsi army. …