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President Theodor Meron to Attend Srebrenica Genocide 10th Anniversary Commemoration at Potocari Memorial

Press Release . Communiqué de presse

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


The Hague, 21 June 2005

JL /MOW/980e


At the invitation of Sulejman Tihic, Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Judge Theodor Meron, will attend the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide in Potocari on 11 July, 2005.

By attending the ceremony, President Meron wants to clearly demonstrate the Tribunal’s solidarity with the victims and to show compassion to those whose loved ones were killed during the genocide. He will be paying tribute to the dignity and the courage of the victims and their families in the face of the unspeakable suffering that they have had to endure.

President Meron will speak of the Tribunal’s judgements on the Srebrenica genocide and the role of the Tribunal in trying to bring to justice the perpetrators of these horrific crimes.

President Meron will once again call for the arrest and transfer of Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic. As he stated at the United Nations Security Council earlier this month, the Tribunal will not have fulfilled its historic mission – and it will not close its doors – until Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic have been brought to The Hague and tried before the Tribunal in accordance
with the full procedural protections recognized by our jurisprudence.