The Security Council adopted a resolution unanimously after months of delay and controversy in finding a suitable candidate for the post. The United States ambassador to the UN, Madeleine Albright, sharply criticised the council for the delay.
The UN Secretary-General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, nominated Judge Goldstone late on Thursday. He had received approval about a week in advance from key council members.
In Johannesburg, Judge Goldstone said: 'It will be a tremendous honour.' He replaces Ramon Escovar Salom of Venezuela, who resigned to become his country's interior minister.Reuse content