Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the S.G. on the resignation of the Registrar of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, David Tolbert

The Secretary-General received the resignation of the Registrar of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon on 6 January 2010. It will be effective on 1 March 2010. The Secretary-General regrets the departure of Mr. Tolbert, who has decided to return to the United States to pursue his career.
The Secretary-General congratulates Mr. Tolbert on his new appointment as President of the International Center for Transitional Justice and is deeply grateful to him for the services he has rendered to the Organization. During Mr. Tolbert's tenure as the Registrar, the Special Tribunal has made excellent progress, and the Registry is an efficient and fully functioning office which is ready to support the judicial activities of the Special Tribunal. His achievements include ensuring that the administrative infrastructure is in place to support future judicial activities, including key measures such as for witness protection and court management. He has steered through the Tribunal's budget for 2010 and raised a significant amount of the necessary funding. The construction work on the courtroom of the Special Tribunal will be completed before Mr. Tolbert's departure.
Both the President of the Special Tribunal, Judge Antonio Cassese, and the Prosecutor, Mr. Daniel Bellemare, have paid tribute to the leadership that Mr. Tolbert has shown, and the contribution he has made to the efficient and effective functioning of the Special Tribunal.
The Secretary-General will appoint an acting Registrar as an interim measure to ensure the continued smooth functioning of the Registry and the Special Tribunal.