Radovan Karadzic

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Andrew MacKinlay Andrew MacKinlay Labour, Thurrock

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his United States counterpart on the allegations made by Radovan Karadzic regarding an agreement with the US to afford him immunity from arrest; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

No discussions have taken place with the US Government on allegations by Radovan Karadzic that the US offered him immunity from arrest. The US Department of State issued a statement on 31 July in response to these allegations, available on its website:

www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2008/07/107615.htm.

The UK strongly supports the efforts of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to complete its mandate by prosecuting those alleged to be most responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law in the former Yugoslavia, such as Radovan Karadzic.

We continue to urge all States, particularly those of the former Yugoslavia, to fully co-operate with the Tribunal so that the remaining fugitive indictees, Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadzic, can be apprehended and made to face international justice as soon as possible.

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