Kosovo: Two more States sign Agreements with the United Nations to provide experts to assist with the Investigations conducted by the Office of the Prosecutor.
In the last fortnight, two more States have signed formal agreements with the United Nations in order to make national experts available to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
These experts will work on a gratis basis to provide temporary and urgent assistance to the investigations conducted by the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) in Kosovo.
The agreements follow a request by the Prosecutor, Justice Louise Arbour, which was approved by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan. Denmark signed on 24 June 1999 (three experts), followed on 6 July 1999 by Sweden (13 experts).
Discussions are continuing with a number of other States prepared to assist the OTP’s operations in Kosovo. Similar agreements have already been signed with France, Canada, the United Kingdom and Switzerland (see Press Release 412).