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The United Kingdom confirms its continued support for the Tribunal
On Wednesday 24 April 1996 the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Judge Antonio Cassese, met the British Foreign Secretary, Mr. Malcolm Rifkind, and other officials in London.
The meeting was part of a series of official contacts that the President of the Tribunal has undertaken recently in Europe and elsewhere to discuss the expanded role of the Tribunal following the Peace Agreements and the need for continued and further support, in both practical and political terms.
The Foreign Secretary and President Cassese discussed a number of issues relating to the activities of the Tribunal. Mr. Rifkind emphasised the importance the United Kingdom attaches to the Tribunal's role in seeing that justice is done in the region of the former Yugoslavia. Mr. Rifkind assured President Cassese of Britain's continued support, including calling on the various parties to comply with all aspects of the Peace Agreements. The President thanked the United Kingdom Government for the practical support already provided to the Tribunal.
In his discussions with various senior officials, including Sir Franklin Berman, The Legal Adviser, Ms. Glynne Evans, Head of the United Nations Department and Mr. Michael Wood, Legal Counsellor, the President explored the possibilities for further practical co-operation, in particular, the secondment of additional staff to assist with the increased tasks imposed on the Tribunal following the Peace Agreements and the possible provision of equipment for a second courtroom.
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