UN war crimes prosecutor to visit Croatia

24th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

UN war crimes prosecutor Serge Brammertz is to visit Croatia this week for talks with government officials on the country's cooperation with the Yugoslav tribunal, his office said Monday.

"The prosecutor will be in Croatia from tomorrow (Tuesday) to Friday," Olga Kavran, spokeswoman for the prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), told AFP.

"He will meet representatives of the government in charge of cooperation" with the tribunal.

Kavran could not say who exactly Brammertz would meet as the programme had not yet been finalised.

He would discuss "cooperation of the state" with the ICTY, "and other issues related to the tribunal's completion strategy", she said.

"It is a regular working visit ahead of (the prosecutor's) report to the UN Security Council" due in the second half of June.

On Thursday and Friday, Brammertz would attend a regional conference of prosecutors in Brioni, Croatia.

In February, Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor said her country would step up efforts to cooperate with the ICTY, key for its bid to conclude EU entry talks by the end of the year.

Zagreb and the court are currently at odds over documents Brammertz had requested related to the Strom military offensive against Serb separatists that ended Croatia's 1991-95 war.

Croatia says it delivered all of the documents in its possession but added that some have been lost or destroyed and has launched a probe into their whereabouts.

The documents were sought for the ICTY trial of three former generals -- Ivan Cermak, Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac -- accused of war crimes against ethnic Serbs.

© 2010 AFP

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