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Visit by Australian Foreign Minister Hon. Alexander Downer, M.P. to the Tribunal
Today, Monday 27 January 1997, the Hon. Alexander Downer, M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia, together with his excellency Ambassador Howard Bamsey and other senior Australian officials, has paid an official visit to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Mr. Downer has met the President of the Tribunal, Judge Antonio Cassese, and other Judges of the Tribunal including Judge Sir Ninian Stephen, as well as the Prosecutor, Justice Louise Arbour, the Deputy-Prosecutor, Mr. Graham Blewitt, and the Registrar, Mrs. Dorothee de Sampayo.
The President of the Tribunal has expressed to the Foreign Minister the gratitude of the Tribunal for the strong support which the Australian Government has lent to the Tribunal from its outset. Australia has co-operated fully with the Tribunal, and was among the first countries to pass implementing legislation. In addition the Australian authorities have always co-operated with the Prosecutor to the fullest extent.
The Australian Foreign Minister, the Hon. Alexander Downer, reiterated Australia's strong support for the Tribunal and assured President Cassese of Australia's continued co-operation. The Minister agreed to consider possible further means of co-operation and support for the work of the Tribunal.
The visit by the Australian Foreign Minister is the second official visit paid to the Tribunal within the last few months by a Minister of Foreign Affairs (the German Foreign Minister, Dr. Klaus Kinkel, visited the Tribunal on 31 October 1996). This latest visit will be followed by an official visit by the Canadian Foreign Minister in late February 1997.
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