Netherlands: Yugoslav International court to close after nearly 25 years

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres praised the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at its closing ceremony in The Hague, on Thursday. Guterres stated, «The creation of this tribunal demonstrated a new found and serious commitment by the international community that those responsible for perpetrating the most serious crimes of international concern... Еще should be held accountable for their actions.» He stressed that tribunal gave a voice to the victims, contributing to the healing process, «to place their experiences on the record and to see the perpetrators of crimes against them held accountable.» Guterres concluded that he hopes that the legacy of the tribunal helps communities of the former Yugoslavia, «deepen their efforts towards trust and full reconciliation accepting the end and the undeniable truth and fact of past tragedies is crucial for building a better and common future.» The ceremony was also attended by Dutch King Willem Alexander and President of the ICTY Judge Carmel Agius.

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