Carla del Ponte, Prosecutor in the Hague for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, briefs UN Security Council on fugitive suspects

The former Swiss prosecutor told the Security Council that a strong message to should be sent to fugitive suspects Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, saying that the United Nations and the Security Council will do everything possibleld to bring them to justice.

The Yugoslavia Tribunal is set to finish all current trials no later than 2009 and the Rwanda Tribunal is on schedule to complete its current caseload by the end of 2008, the UN Spokesman reported.

Meanwhile, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, (ICC) told the Security Council that he has nearly completed an investigation into some of the worst crimes committed in Darfur, and is preparing to submit evidence to the ICC judges no later than February 2007. The UN Spokesman said that measures are being put in place to protect victims and witnesses.  According to the UN Spokesman, the Sudanese Government had told Moreno-Ocampo in November that 14 individuals had been arrested for violations of international humanitarian law and human rights abuses. The Prosecutor responded that he would request the cooperation of the Government of the Sudan to facilitate a visit by his Office to Sudan next month, to interview the individuals in custody.

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