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Sweden to provide experts to assist the investigations of the Office of the Prosecutor in Kosovo.
On Friday 28 April, the United Nations and Sweden signed an agreement for the provision of qualified personnel to assist the investigations being currently conducted in Kosovo by the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
The work of the four forensic teams which Sweden will send to Kosovo - each one being in the region for approximately two weeks - will consist of gathering evidence and assisting in the exhumations of mass graves, in order to obtain evidence for the ongoing investigations of the Prosecutor. The first team - which will consist of three individuals - will be dispatched to the region within the next few weeks.
This agreement was signed by Mr. Per Anderman, the Charge d' Affaires of the Swedish Embassy, and by Ms. Dorothee de Sampayo Garrido-Nijgh, Registrar of the International Tribunal, on behalf of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Sweden is one of the 14 states that signed similar agreements in 1999. Discussions are ongoing with a number of other states prepared to assist the operations of the Office of the Prosecutor in Kosovo.
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