1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations ehadquarters
19 SEPTEMBER 2007, NEW YORK CITY
2. Wide shot, press conference
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicolas Michel, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs
"the report sets out the progress and the Secretariats efforts to make the Special Tribunal a reality. The report focuses on such areas as ....head...registrar..staffing and budget,....funding..security and outreach and communications."
4. Cutaway, journalist
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicolas Michel, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs
"In the Secretariat we are very well aware that the appointment of the judges and prosecutors crutial role..many people perception based on the judges and the prosecutor."
United Nations Under-Secretary- General for Legal Affairs Nicholas Michel met journalists today after briefing the Security Council on the situation in Lebanon and the progress made with the creation of the Special Tribunal set up to prosecute those responsible for assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.
The Tribunal is forecast to cost $35 million to run in its first 12 months, followed by $45 million in its second year and $40 million in its third year. Between 415 and 430 posts are expected to be needed to staff the court.
Mr. Michel led a delegation to the Netherlands last month to visit possible sites for the Tribunal and to hold talks with Dutch authorities on the measures necessary to establish the court's seat, according to the report.
The Tribunal is being set up to deal with the assassination of Mr. Hariri, who was killed along with 22 others in a massive car bombing in downtown Beirut in February 2005.
Once it is formally established, it will be up to the court to determine whether other political killings in Lebanon since October 2004 were connected to Mr. Hariri's assassination and could therefore be dealt with by the Tribunal.