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Tribunal’s Principals Address Diplomatic Community in The Hague

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

The Hague, 10 June 2008

Tribunal’s Principals Address Diplomatic Community in The Hague

The Tribunal’s three principals, President Fausto Pocar, Prosecutor Serge Brammertz and Registrar Hans Holthuis today held a regular briefing for the diplomatic community in The Hague.

More than 60 representatives of world governments and international organisations attended the briefings on developments at the ICTY and progress made in the completion of its mandate.

In his speech President Pocar highlighted the importance of capacity building and cooperation with the judicial institutions in the region as part of the Tribunal’s legacy. He asked those gathered to ensure that the Tribunal is provided with the necessary resources to fulfill its mandate, as well as intensify the support for justice institutions in the former Yugoslavia.

The Prosecutor discussed progress of his office - the trial and appeals work, cooperation of States, interaction with national prosecutors and dealing with internal office management issues.
Registrar Holthuis used the opportunity to present an overview of the Tribunal’s Detention Unit and the facilities available to the persons detained there.

In the 15 years since its establishment the Tribunal has indicted 161 persons for serious violations of humanitarian law committed on the territory of former Yugoslavia between 1991 and 2001. Proceedings against 113 have been concluded.