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Cablegate: Lebanon Tribunal: Management Committee Discusses

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TAGS: PREL PTER UNSC SY LE
SUBJECT: LEBANON TRIBUNAL: MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE DISCUSSES
BUILDING, STAFFING, AND FUNDING ISSUES

REF: A. USUN 384

B. STATE 33659
C. IO/USUN EMAIL (REINEMEYER/WILCOX)-05/08/08
D. USUN 239
E. USUN 171
F. USUN 1138 (2007)

1. (SBU) BEGIN SUMMARY: At its meeting on May 9, the
Management Committee for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon
(STL) continued to make progress on issues relating to
staffing and funding, as well as the management of
construction needed to prepare the building that will house
the STL. The UN Secretariat subsequently advised USUN that
the Russian Federation has contributed USD 500,000 to the
STL. END SUMMARY.

2. (SBU) Committee members discussed the revised proposal
for managing the construction/refurbishment project at the
building the Dutch government has provided to house the STL
(refs A-B). In response to USUN's question about whether the
proposal provided for independent review of the project
construction (ref C), STL Registrar Vincent explained that
Phil Mitnick, an architect and construction expert on loan to
the STL from the International Criminal Tribunal for
Yugoslavia, would function in that capacity. Vincent also
agreed to leave open the possibility of engaging independent
consultants as needed.

3. (SBU) Committee members also commented on the draft
financial regulations and rules for the STL, which the UN
Secretariat prepared (refs D-F). The draft financial
regulations and rules are based on the UN's financial
regulations and rules, with appropriate modifications to
reflect the STL's specific circumstances, and will provide an
oversight mechanism for the STL's finances. Once the
Committee has approved the draft regulations and rules,
Vincent can establish an account for the STL. With donors'
consent, the UN can then transfer contributions from the UN
Trust Fund for the STL to the STL account, allowing the STL
to save the 13 percent administrative fee that the UN
assesses on contributions to its trust funds.

4. (SBU) The Committee also discussed the proposed
application for the STL to join the UN Joint Staff Pension
Fund, which the UK Committee Chairman subsequently submitted
to the Fund.

5. (SBU) STL Registrar Vincent also briefed members on his
plans to post a ten-person advance team in The Hague,
comprising legal, budgetary, information technology, human
resources, security/safety, and building management experts.
Vincent explained that the team can begin working in The
Hague after the STL assumes the lease for the AIVD Building,
the Committee approves the financial rules and regulations
for the STL, approves the STL's staff regulations and rules,
and approves the budget. Vincent said he expected to provide
the draft staff regulations and rules and budget to the
Committee soon.

6. (SBU) The Committee will meet again on May 16.
Khalilzad

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