3701st Meeting of Security Council: Situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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10-Oct-1996 00:09:58
Security Council expresses concern over lack of progress on investigations of international humanitarian law in Bosnia and Herzegovina at 3701st meeting.

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Presidential Statement Appeals to Parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina To Help Identify Fate of Missing Persons for Humanitarian and Legal Purposes

The Security Council this morning expressed deep concern that little progress had been achieved with regard to the investigation of violations of international humanitarian law in Srebrenica, Zepa, Banja Luka, Sanski Most, Glamoc, Ozren and other areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In a statement, read by its President, Gerardo Martinez Blanco (Honduras), the Council strongly appealed to all the parties of Bosnia and Herzegovina to make every effort to identify the fate of the missing persons for both humanitarian and legal purposes.

The Council reaffirmed that violations of international humanitarian law in Bosnia and Herzegovina of the type described in its resolution 1034 (1995) must be properly investigated. By that resolution, the Council condemned "summary executions, rape, mass expulsions, arbitrary detentions, forced labour and large-scale disappearances" committed by Bosnian Serb and paramilitary forces.

The Council expressed concern that exhumations carried out by international authorities had been obstructed by Republika Srpska, and that the fate of only a few hundred missing persons had been so far established. The Council welcomed the recent visit by a Republika Srpska delegation to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and hoped that the visit marked a "turning point" in relations between Republika Srpska and the Tribunal.

All the parties were obliged to cooperate fully and unconditionally with international authorities and among themselves with respect to such investigations, the Council stressed. It condemned all attempts to obstruct investigations or to destroy, alter, conceal or damage any related evidence.

The meeting was called to order at 10:50 a.m. and adjourned at 10:59 a.m.

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