Tribunal for former Yugoslavia approaches completion of its mandateListen /
The International Criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is approaching the completion of its mandate.
That's what President Judge Theodor Meron says in a statement issued on Monday, marking the 20th anniversary of the tribunal.
It was established by the Security Council on 25 May 1993, to prosecute persons responsible for war crimes since 1991 during the break up of Yugoslavia.
According to Judge Meron, although the ICTY has faced and continues to face significant challenges, it has contributed to the global efforts to fight impunity, to promote international law and to the rule of law in the former Yugoslavia.
He says among its achievements, the tribunal has accounted for all 161 individuals it indicted, including high-level military and political leaders and clarified international humanitarian law.
Judge Meron says after 20 years of operations, the ICTY is preparing to transition responsibility of essential functions to the new Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunal.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.