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International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 6th October 2008.

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Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the level of Serbian co-operation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and (b) the prospect of the delivery of Ratko Mladic to the ICTY in the near future.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Minister of State (Europe)

The Government believe that the arrest and transfer of Radovan Karadzic was a significant step forward in Serbia's co-operation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). ICTY Prosecutor Serge Brammertz visited Belgrade from 10-11 September and briefed the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council on 15 September. His next report to the UN Security Council is due in December.

In itself, the arrest of Karadzic does not equate to 'full co-operation'. In our view, evidence of full co-operation would be a period of committed and sustained activity by the Serbian Government, demonstrating hundred per cent. effort and political will. Co-operation with the Tribunal covers efforts in a range of areas including: tackling support networks; in meeting requests for documents; in allowing access to archives; in ensuring protection of witnesses; as well as in locating and transferring the two remaining indictees, Goran Hadzic and Ratko Mladic.

Our assessment is that the Serbian Government are working actively to ensure the transfer of the remaining indictees, including Ratko Mladic, to The Hague. We call upon them to make every effort to ensure that transfer takes place as soon as possible.

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