HL Deb 08 December 2004 vol 667 cc37-8WA
Lord Astor of Hever

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether it is their view that, following the address by Carla del Ponte, prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to the United Nations Security Council on 23 November, Serbia and Montenegro are fulfilling their obligation towards the tribunal. [HL138]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

The Government have noted the serious concerns about Serbia and Montenegro's (SaM) co-operation raised by the ICTY Chief Prosecutor in her recent report to the United Nations Security Council. We fully support the Chief Prosecutor's assessment. Prime Minister Kostunica has made it clear that he is not willing to arrest fugitives, and will only try to convince them to surrender voluntarily.

The UK continues to urge SaM to fulfil all her international obligations especially full co-operation with ICTY. Failure to do so will continue to delay SaM's progress towards closer integration in Euro-Atlantic structures.

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