29 May 2013

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Commends Departing Head of International Commission


against Impunity in Guatemala for Dedication, Steadfast Commitment


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

Francisco Dall’Anese, Commissioner of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), has announced his intention to step down by 4 September, at the end of his current appointment.

The Secretary-General is deeply appreciative of the dedication demonstrated by Mr. Dall’Anese as CICIG Commissioner and of his steadfast commitment to the fight against impunity.  He welcomes the strides made by Guatemalan justice institutions during this period and, in particular, the strengthening of national prosecutorial activities. 

The United Nations Secretariat has started a search for a new Commissioner with the goal of consolidating CICIG’s work.  To make the best of the period ahead, the Secretary-General calls on national authorities and institutions to redouble efforts in the fight against impunity.  The United Nations thanks Member States for their continued strong support of CICIG.

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