HC Deb 21 April 1999 vol 329 cc567-8W
Dr. Tonge

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had with the Secretary of State for International Development concerning the reception of refugees in Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania, before NATO's offensive on Yugoslavia. [80763]

Mr. Tony Lloyd

Foreign Office Ministers and officials have remained in close contact with the Department for International Development and other Government Departments since the crisis in Kosovo began last year.

Mr. Maclean

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on a future role for the International Criminal Court in Kosovo following cessation of hostilities. [81250]

Mr. Tony Lloyd

The International Criminal Court will not have jurisdiction over events occurring prior to its establishment. However, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is mandated to prosecute those responsible for serious violations of humanitarian law throughout the territory of the former Yugoslavia. We are doing all we can to assist the Tribunal with its investigations. It will be important that its staff are given full access to Kosovo once the military action is over so that they may conduct a thorough investigation into the atrocities that are allegedly occurring there.

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