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International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) UK representatives in (i) Zagreb and (ii) Belgrade have had with (A) members and (B) representatives of the Governments of (x) Croatia and (y) Serbia on the (1) beginning of the trial of General Ante Gotovina, (2) co-operation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), (3) future co-operation with the ICTY and (4) (aa) diplomatic and (bb) economic incentives for such co-operation; and if he will make a statement. (197179)

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia’s (ICTY) view is that Croatia continues to co-operate fully with ICTY and has done so since October 2005. We welcome this. We have not held formal meetings with the Croatian Government to discuss the opening of the trial of General Ante Gotovina. Continued full co-operation with ICTY remains a condition for their progression on the EU accession track.

The issue of Serbia’s co-operation with ICTY arises regularly in ministerial and official-level contacts with the Serbian Government. We regularly press the Serbian Government to fully co-operate with ICTY.

The UK is committed to seeing all four outstanding ICTY indictees, including Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic, arrested and brought to trial before the Tribunal. The UK has given full and consistent support, both practical and political, to ICTY’s work.