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Hague: Minister Darmanovic attended official Closing Ceremony of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

Published date: 21.12.2017 19:00 | Author: MVP

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Foreign Minister Srdjan Darmanovic, PhD, attended today official Closing Ceremony of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Hague, at the invitation of Tribunal's President Carmel Agius.

During the ceremony, Minister Darmanovic briefly met with His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Halbe Zijlstra.

During the talks, views were exchanged on the Tribunal's decades of work, the motives and basis on which it was founded, as well as its overall significance to the post-conflict region of the Western Balkans.

Minister Darmanovic particularly emphasized the satisfaction with successful and constructive cooperation that the state and judicial authorities of Montenegro have achieved from the very beginning till the end of the work of the Tribunal.

At the closing ceremony, the speakers noted that since its establishment in 1993, ICTY, by Resolution 827 of the UN Security Council, worked on the prosecution of war criminals on the territory of the former Yugoslavia and despite different opinions, political and legal delicate processes, achieved significant results and set new foundations and standards of international justice regarding the crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocides.

The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT), which has been recently established by the UN Security Council, has already taken appeal proceedings in cases under the Tribunal's jurisdiction.

Apart from numerous high-ranking officials from the Western Balkans region, UN, and other international courts representatives, members of Diplomatic Corps, the non-resident Ambassador of Montenegro to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Vladimir Radulovic, also attended the event.