UN Security Council urges court to complete work on Balkans crime
The UN Security Council on Wednesday asked the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague to staff their personnel adequately so it can "expeditiously" complete all trials, reported dpa.
The council extended the term of office of the ICTY's judges until the end of 2012, or until the completion of all cases.
It urged all states to intensify cooperation, particularly the former Yugoslav states, to expedite the trials of persons accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the 1992-95 Bosnian war. The tribunal was established right after the war, but it is far from winding down its judicial work.
The ICTY has indicted dozens of former Bosnian Serbs, Serbs and Croats held responsible for the massacre of Bosnian Muslims during the ethnic conflict. Belgrade recently captured Ratko Mladic, a former top Serb general, who was held responsible for the massacre of more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica in 1995.
Mladic is detained at The Hague along with Bosnian Serb Radovan Karadzic. The council called also for the arrest of Goran Hadzic, one of the most wanted individuals in the Bosnian conflict.