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International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY): Security Council Press Statement

Published Saturday May 25 2013

The members of the Security Council recall its resolution 827 (1993) of 25 May 1993 , which unanimously established the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The members of the Security Council also note this year marks its twentieth anniversary.

The members of the Security Council recognize the contribution of the ICTY in the fight against impunity for the most serious crimes of concern to the international community.

The members of the Security Council welcome the forthcoming commencement of the functioning of The Hague branch of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals on 1 July 2013, and emphasize that the establishment of the Residual Mechanism pursuant to resolution 1966 (2010) was essential to ensure that the closure of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia does not leave the door open to impunity for the remaining fugitives and for those whose appeals have not been completed.

The members of the Security Council reaffirm their strong commitment to the fight against impunity.

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