ICTY chief prosecutor calls for advancing regional cooperation in war crimes prosecution

Serbia is committed to meeting its international obligations, its cooperation with the Hague war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is at a high level but regional cooperation in prosecuting war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia should be advanced - these are the conclusions of talks between ICTY Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz and Serbian political and judicial officials in Belgrade on Friday.

During his two-day visit to Belgrade, which is part of preparations for his regular, six-month report to the UN Security Council, to be presented in early December, Brammertz met with PM Aleksandar Vucic, Justice Minister Nikola Selakovic and War Crimes Prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic.

Vucic and Brammertz concluded that the cooperation between Serbia and the ICTY was proceeding normally and that Serbia remained committed to meeting its international obligations, the Serbian government said in a statement.

Selakovic and Brammertz said that the Serbian government and the ICTY were cooperating well and that regional cooperation in prosecuting war crimes in the former Yugoslavia should be advanced.

Selakovic informed Brammertz that work on a national strategy for the prosecution of war crimes was in its final stage. The strategy is one of the obligations from an action plan for negotiations on Policy Chapter 23 in Serbia's EU membership talks. The first working version of the strategy will be published in December this year.

Vukcevic said that the cooperation between the two prosecutors' offices was at a high level and Brammertz expressed support to the office of the Serbian war crimes prosecutor in its work on current cases.

The ICTY Chief Prosecutor positively assessed the improved cooperation between war crimes prosecutors in the region, Vukcevic's office said in a statement.

Last update: Fri, 20/11/2015 - 16:43

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