HC Deb 25 March 2003 vol 402 cc124-5W
Patrick Mercer

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures the UK is taking in conjunction with the Serbian and Montenegrin governments and the authorities in Republica Srpska to bring Serb indictees to the war crimes tribunal in the Hague. [104332]

Mr. MacShane

The British Government strongly supports the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY) and its efforts to bring all indictees to the War Crimes Tribunal. We work closely with our international partners and in Stabilisation Force (SFOR) and Kosovo Force (KFOR) to trace and detain indicted war crime suspects in Bosnia and Kosovo. In March 2003, the Office of the High Representative, in co-operation with SFOR, froze the assets of two individuals suspected of being part of Radovan Karadzic's support network. The UK supports this action.

It is entirely the responsibility of the Serbian and Montenegran (SaM) authorities to transfer any indictees on their territory to the ICTY. We urge the new SaM government to fulfil their obligations in this respect and will support them in doing so.

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