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Former Yugoslavia: War Crimes

Volume 590: debated on Monday 1 June 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What representations they are making to the Government of Croatia to bring the remaining two Bosnian Croats indicted for serious war crimes before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in conformity with United Nations Security Council Resolution 827. [HL1948]What presentations they are making to the Government of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and of Republika Serbska to bring the remaining 52 persons publicly indicted for serious war crimes before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in conformity with United Nations Security Council Resolution 827. [HL1949]

Her Majesty's Government attach the highest priority to seeing all those who have been indicted for war crimes face trial in The Hague. The primary responsibility for bringing the remaining 32 war crimes indictees to justice lies with the parties to the Dayton Peace Agreement themselves. We shall continue to press them to fulfil this, and all other, Dayton obligations. However, the international community has also shown its willingness to act where others do not. The action in April by British SFOR troops to detain a further two indictees in Prijedor is the latest reaffirmation of this commitment.