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International Judicial Archives

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the location of international judicial archives in The Hague after 2010; and if he will make a statement. (191982)

The preservation and location of the archives of the ad hoc international criminal tribunals is a matter which the UN Security Council will consider in the context of other necessary residual functions following the completion of the tribunals' work. Discussions on residual issues is currently underway in the Security Council and involves a number of EU partners.

To assist the Security Council's consideration of this issue, an independent Advisory Committee on Archives has been tasked to prepare a comparative study on archiving solutions. The committee is due to submit its recommendations by the middle of this year.