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UN Security Council marks closure of International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

United Nations Security Council on Thursday marked the closure on Dec. 31, 2015, of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), said a press statement of the council.

The council acknowledged the substantial contribution of the ICTR to the process of national reconciliation and the restoration of peace and security, and to the fight against impunity and the development of international criminal justice, especially in relation to the crime of genocide, said the statement.

It also noted that the establishment of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals by resolution 1966 (2010) was essential to ensure that the closure of the ICTR does not leave the door open to impunity for the remaining fugitives.

The 15-member body called upon all states to cooperate with the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals and the Government of Rwanda on the arrest and prosecution of the eight remaining ICTR-indicted fugitives, it said.

The council also called on states to investigate, arrest, prosecute or extradite, in accordance with applicable international obligations, all other fugitives accused of genocide residing on their territories, it said.

ICTR was established by Security Council resolution 955 (1994) of Nov. 8, 1994.

[Source: Xinhua, United Nations, 31Dec15]

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