ICTY President Judge Carmel Agius met today with the President of the United Nations General Assembly, His Excellency Miroslav Lajčák (Slovakia), at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
President Agius commenced the meeting by expressing pleasure at the opportunity of presenting the ICTY’s final report during the Presidency of Mr Lajčák, given his familiarity and vast experience in relation to the region of the former Yugoslavia. He then briefed President Lajčák on the Tribunal's work, focusing on the final trial and appeal proceedings and the challenges faced by the Tribunal prior to its closure on 31 December 2017, after more than 24 years of operation.
The two Presidents also discussed the Tribunal’s legacy, as well as the remaining events in the ICTY Legacy Dialogues series, which include a commemoration on 4 December 2017 in New York, followed by a Symposium and formal Closing Ceremony in The Hague on 18 and 21 December 2017, respectively. President Lajčák noted the importance of protecting and preserving the Tribunal’s legacy, given the significant role it has played in the region, and congratulated President Agius on behalf of the Tribunal for all it has done over the years. President Lajčák also emphasised the importance of closing the Tribunal in an orderly manner, which will demonstrate that temporary institutions such as the ICTY are established to fulfil a concrete purpose.
President Agius will present the ICTY’s final annual report on the Tribunal’s work to the Seventy-Second session of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, 18 October 2017 in the afternoon.