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Former Yugoslavia

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of progress in the hunt for Radovan Karadzic and General Ratko Mladic; and if she will make a statement. (96185)

The UK remains a firm supporter of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The chief responsibility for the location and transfer of the remaining ICTY indictees, including Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, rests with the Governments of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. We note the most recent assessment by the ICTY Chief Prosecutor, Carla del Ponte, relating to Serbia, delivered on 16 October, which stated that there remain grave deficiencies in Serbia’s efforts, both at operational and political levels. We understand the Chief Prosecutor also feels that the authorities of the Republika Srpska within Bosnia and Herzegovina should be doing more to co-operate with the ICTY. We urge all the countries of the region to co-operate fully with the ICTY.