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Statement by President Theodor Meron

Press Release . Communiqué de presse

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


The Hague, 13 March 2003



In a statement issued today, the President of the ICTY, Judge Theodor Meron, expressed his shock and horror at the tragic events in Belgrade, namely the despicable assassination of the Prime Minister of Serbia, Zoran Djindjic.

Mr. Djindjic’s cooperation with the Tribunal brought international justice closer to a region which saw terrible atrocities. His death is a heavy blow to individual accountability for violations of International Humanitarian Law and to the rule of law.

President Meron conveyed formal condolences on behalf of the whole Tribunal to the Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro in a letter sent yesterday.