Introducing the report on the activities of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Tribunal President Judge Claude Jorda said the Trial Chambers had pronounced six judgments on 17 accused and issued many decisions over the past 12 months. In the Appeals Chamber, the judges had issued 30 decisions and three judgements for seven defendants. With the gradual adoption of reform, the Tribunal’s judicial activity had increased, making it possible for the Tribunal to double its trial capacity and complete first-instance proceedings in 2007, he said. Judge Jorda noted, however, that several accused high-ranking political and military leaders remained at large, with some of them residing with impunity in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and others taking refuge in the Republika Srpska. To have the courts of the countries from the former Yugoslavia conduct trials in some cases would lighten the Tribunal’s workload, he said, but warned that the international community must ensure that with such “relocation” of cases, war criminals did not enjoy impunity, and that trials were not trials only in name. Introducing the report of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), the court’s President, Judge Navanethem Pillary, noted that seven trials involving 17 defendants were currently in progress.As for why the number of judgements by the Tribunal was low – just eight in four years – Judge Pillary said the Prosecutor’s strategy had focused on suspects who were alleged to have been in the highest positions of leadership and authority in Rwanda in 1994. Trials of those who were the alleged architects of killings were far more complicated because command responsibility had to be established and a far greater range of facts was at issue.Judge Pillary noted that there was broad consensus among the judges that the delays experienced by both Tribunals needed to be addressed, and that there was a need for greater control over the presentation of evidence by the parties. In other action this morning, the Assembly appointed a number of new members to several subsidiary financial and budgetary bodies, the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) and the UN Board of Auditors.