(Exclusively for the use of the media. Not an official document)
The new president of the European Union, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, will make co-operation with the ICTY
"A basic condition for any progress in the development of the relations (...) between the E.U. and the countries of the region"
On the eve of taking over the Presidency of the European Union, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has informed the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) that it "will not fail to attach particular importance to" the fact that "co-operation with the ICTY, with a view to bringing war criminals to justice, is a basic condition for any progress in the developmant of bilateral relations in the areas of commercial exchanges, financial assistance and economic co-operation as well as contractual relations between the EU and the countries of the region".
This is stated in a letter of 24 June 1997 sent to the President of the ICTY, Judge Antonio Cassese, by His Excellency Mr Jacques Poos, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
Luxembourg is "fully aware of the importance of the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia", notes Mr Poos, who states that the Tribunal must be "able to count on the political and international support of the international community".
Mr Poos has found it important to "assure" President Cassese that "during its presidency of the EU, Luxembourg intends to act resolutely to ensure the implementation of the conditions to which relations between the EU and countries of the region will remain subject (...)" and " will not fail to attach particular importance to the implementation of the relevant provisions of the peace agreements (...)".
Mr Poos also informed the President that "aware that the International Tribunal requires material support as it goes through an extremely busy period, Luxembourg has just taken the decision to make a voluntary contribution of $100.000".
Upon receiving the letter from Minister Poos, President Cassese has welcomed as "extremely significant" his statements and personally expressed to him the gratitude of the Tribunal for these clear and unmistaken signs of support.
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
For more information, please contact our Media Office in The Hague
Tel.: +31-70-512-8752; 512-5343; 512-5356 - Email: press [at] icty.org ()
Follow ICTY on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube