Prosecutor for former Yugoslavia Tribunal asks for more international support

Serge Brammertz, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)

The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) presented his annual report to the UN Security Council on Wednesday.

Serge Brammertz told delegates that the major development in the last year was the arrest of the Tribunal's last fugitive, Goran Hadžić, on 20 July.

With his arrest, he said, none of the 161 persons indicted by the ICTY now remain at large.

However, Brammertz warned there were other significant challenges looming.

"National war crimes strategies in the region, particularly in Bosnia and Herzegovina, are floundering. If they are left to fail, the ICTY's legacy, along with reconciliation and the rule of law, will be endangered. If leaders in the States of the former Yugoslavia have the courage and commitment and if they "put aside narrow-minded and short-term political agendas, they could choose a future built on accountability and the rule of law instead of nationalism and strife."

Duration: 33''

Brammertz called upon countries to show the same commitment to justice, as demonstrated over the past two decades in building the ICTY's success.

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