Canada Welcomes Appointment of New Commissioner of International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala

(No. 210 - July 2, 2010 - 6:20 p.m. ET) The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas), today welcomed the appointment of Francisco Dall’Anese Ruiz as commissioner of the UN’s International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG).

“Canada congratulates Commissioner Dall’Anese on his appointment as head of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala and wishes him success in his tenure,” said Minister of State Kent. “Commissioner Dall’Anese assumes leadership of CICIG at a time of significant challenges. His solid reputation and extensive experience, including as attorney general of Costa Rica, will serve the Commission well.

“Canada has staunchly supported CICIG since its inception. The Commission has a crucial role to play in the fight against impunity and corruption in Guatemala. It is essential, therefore, that the Commission is able to carry out its mandate effectively. We encourage the Government of Guatemala to cooperate closely with CICIG and to vigorously support Commissioner Dall’Anese.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Costa Rica’s Attorney General Francisco Dall’Anese Ruiz on June 30 to succeed Carlos Castresana.

Established at the request of the Government of Guatemala in September 2007, CICIG has a mandate to investigate and prosecute members of criminal organizations. The Commission also aims to help Guatemala address its challenges in the areas of security and justice by strengthening its judicial system.

Canada has provided $6.5 million to CICIG since 2008 through the Canadian International Development Agency.

For more information on Canada’s support to CICIG, please see Project profile for institutional support to the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG).

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