ICTY closes field offices in Croatia and KosovoListen /
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has closed its field offices in Zagreb and Pristina effective Monday 31 December, 2012.
The closure is in line with the completion strategy of the ICTY. However, the field offices in Belgrade and Sarajevo will remain open to continue supporting the work of the Tribunal.
The field offices' mandate was two-fold. One was to act as the public face of the Tribunal in the country of operation and reach out to the communities affected by the work of the Tribunal. The other was to act as a liaison between the ICTY and national authorities on case related and other matters.
The field offices played an important role in capacity building efforts, serving as a key conduit of information between national authorities and judiciaries and the Tribunal.
The field offices actively engaged with civil society, NGOs, victims, representatives of the media, legal professionals and the general public in order to provide accurate accounts of the institution's work and achievements.
ICTY Registrar John Hocking says "The liaison offices are instrumental in bridging the geographical gap between the seat of the Tribunal and the region. The Zagreb and Pristina offices provided a critical link between the Tribunal and its local partners in Croatia and Kosovo."
Donn Bobb, United Nations.