Arusha Times (Arusha)

Tanzania: UN to Build New 'Base' At Kisongo Area

The United Nations has earmarked USD 8.7 million dollars for the construction of a building in Arusha to house archives of the UNICTR as well as an office for the Tribunal's Residual Mechanism.

The archives and offices will be constructed at a piece of land, provided by the Tanzanian government to the UN, located at the former Laki Laki Estate , Kisongo Area, about 15 kilometres west of Arusha city.

According the Director of Planning and Budget Division of General Assembly of the United Nations, Mr. Johannes Huisman the Assembly had already allocated USD 3 million for initial stages of the construction work.

Presenting a report recently to the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly, which deals with matters related to Administration and Budget, the Director thanked the Tanzanian government for making available the land for the construction of the UN buildings

"I am pleased to present to you the report of the General Secretary, as the regulation stipulates. At the outset, I am taking this opportunity to express my gratitude to Tanzania for offering a piece of land and also for co-operation which the government continued to give us up to now in the preparation of execution of the project," said Mr. Huisman.

Among initial activities to be undertaken are preparation of architectural drawings, feasibility study, project's costing and schedule of implementation.

Among initial tasks was reduction of the period of construction. In the previous estimates it was to take five years and three to four months, but the project would now be scheduled for completion in 2015.

The Vice Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary (ACBQ), Mr. Richard Moon, while presenting his overviews on the project committee, stated that at the outset his committee was satisfied with idea of reducing the period of implementation.

Mr. Broas Koffi speaking on behalf of the group of African Countries said that the African countries do support the implementation of the project in Tanzania and that their desire was to see it implemented in time and to the required standards.

The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (the MICT) was established by the United Nations Security Council on 22 December 2010 to carry out a number of essential functions of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) after the completion of their respective mandates.

The establishment of the Mechanism is a key step of the Completion Strategies of the two Tribunals. It is a new small, temporary and efficient body, tasked with continuing the "jurisdiction, rights and obligations and essential functions" (UNSC Resolution 1966) of the ICTR and the ICTY; and maintaining the legacy of both institutions.

The MICT comprises two branches. One branch covers functions inherited from the ICTR and is located in Arusha, Tanzania. It commenced functioning on 1 July 2012. The other branch will be located in The Hague and will take on functions derived from the ICTY on 1 July 2013.

During the initial period of the Mechanism's work, there will be a temporal overlap with the ICTR and the ICTY as these institutions complete outstanding work on any trial or appeal proceedings which are pending as of the commencement dates of the respective branches of the MICT.

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