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UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Visits the ICTY


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

The Hague, 12 April 2006


The Tribunal today hosted a visit by Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

As part of his visit to the international judicial institutions based in The Hague on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the International Court of Justice, the UN Secretary-General visited the ICTY and had meetings with the Tribunal's President Judge Fausto Pocar and the Chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte. The UN Secretary-General also delivered a speech to the Tribunal's

The Tribunal President, Judge Fausto Pocar, conveyed to the Secretary-General the most recent measures taken towards implementation of the Completion Strategy including enhanced cooperation with domestic courts in the former Yugoslavia and referral of cases.

The Secretary-General and the Prosecutor discussed the activities of the Office of the Prosecutor, in particular the necessity to obtain the arrest and transfer of Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic as soon as possible.

The UN Secretary-General reiterated the need to ensure that all the remaining suspects are transferred to the ICTY as part of the international community's efforts to end impunity.

In his address, the Secretary-General thanked the ICTY staff on their efforts and added: "...Through your work, you are sending out a message" to those who commit war crimes "that they will not get away with it".

The Tribunal is honoured by this visit which reflects the Secretary-General's continued support to the work of the ICTY.


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