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President Pocar Arrives On A Working Visit To Sarajevo

(Exclusively for the use of the media. Not an official document)

The Hague, 15 May 2006


Judge Fausto Pocar, President of the ICTY, arrived today on a three-day working visit to Sarajevo on his first visit to the Bosnian capital in his capacity as head of the Tribunal.

A principal focus of his visit is the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a close partner of the Tribunal which it is working to support and strengthen in order to cement the rule of law in the country, as well as a safeguard against impunity for war criminals. The Tribunal has to date transferred six intermediate and lower rank accused to Bosnia and Herzegovina for trial before
the State Court's War Crimes Chamber. It has also provided considerable materials to assist further indictments and cases, as well as being engaged in a broad range of capacity building activities.

During his stay in Sarajevo, President Pocar will also meet the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sulejman Tihic, the High Representative, Christian Schwarz-Schilling, the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Adnan Terzic and the Minister of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slobodan Kovac.

At the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Judge Pocar will hold a press conference together with the President of the State Court, Judge Meddzida Kreso, tomorrow, 16 May, at 13:30.

Members of the media who wish to attend the press conference should contact the Public Information Office of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina at tel. +387-33-707164 or +387-33-707165.


Courtroom proceedings can be followed on the Tribunal's website at www.un.org/icty.