Hague Tribunal mandate extended through 2012

The UN Security Council has extended the mandate of the Hague Tribunal until the end of 2012.

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  1. (TunnelDigger, 18 December 2009 19:29)

    Well how about coming up for some fresh air and having a good look around you. For starters the ICJ and the Hague Tribunal are two different organizations with the latter established by the US to punish anyone that made them look stupid during the Balkan conflict. I wonder how many they will send to prison for their current failures in Iraq and Afghanistan? If you are thinking of the International Criminal Court, well your beloved US is not a signatory, so much for democracy and justice, eh!
    I like that bit about Serbs being only interested in their own interests, as if the US/EU only got involved because of their of love of justice and freedom. I always enjoy one sided comments, they are so much easier to pull apart.
    (sj, 18 December 2009 23:45)
  2. Here's the paradox of Serbian politics: when it comes to the international court to jail Serbian and Bosnian Serb war criminals who committed genocide then the Serbs are opposed to the court, but if they believe that it can help them prevent further recognitions of Kosovo then they are for the court. When it comes to convicting Serbian war criminals for war crimes they committed they are against the court, but when it comes to convicting non-Serb war criminals they are for the court. They want NATO to be held responsible for bombing Serbia but do not want the Serbian state which under Milosevic became a fascist aggressor state to pay the consequences of their actions. They can be for and against the international legal system at the same time depending on if the outcome suits them or not. It is very obvious that the Serbs are only interested in their own interests and preferences and couldn't care less about real justice or reconciliation in the region. This type of selfish and immature behavior is unacceptable and will lead to a deteriorating situation in the region.
    (TunnelDigger, 18 December 2009 19:29)
  3. It appears that some (again) wake up from hibernation. So much for the defaiming campaign "NATO-Court". When even China and Russia don't regard that... And so much for Putin's word. This guy sold out Serbia already in 2003 when withdrawing troops from Kosovo, while increasing presence in Caucasia. This is so obvious but it still doesn't prevent (so-called) Russia-Serbia friendship demagogues to claim the opposite. Well, then continue with your hibernation.

    Cheers!
    (Berkeley, 18 December 2009 16:15)
  4. It didn't take long for the selective justice supporter to show his head. I certainly have more respect for those supporting universal justice but I question whether "justice" is doing more harm than good? As Ghandi said "an eye for an eye and the whole world goes blind". It looks like we're nearly there!

    We need to aim for truth and reconciliation, peace and prosperity instead of poking each other's eyes all of the time. That's is the true path to lasting peace, not one that continues to divide everyone.
    (Zoran, 18 December 2009 11:48)
  5. Who cares, they can extend it to 3112 if they like it will not affect Serbia. The Dutch are looking at ways out of their position and will, surprise, surprise, come to the conclusion by mid 2010 that Serbia has complied with all requests.
    As any dying or wounded animal, the US is striking out at all. Can anyone believe that they were stupid enough to lash out at China at Copenhagen? but they were publically humiliated by the head of the Chinese delegation and the US ambassador just sat there and hung his head. How humiliating! ha! ha! You don’t read about this in western the free press.
    (sj, 17 December 2009 21:42)
  6. >>Allow me to correct you, this is a UN Court and not that of NATO. By claiming this falsehood will not get serbia off the hook. Serbia must capture all its war criminals before it expects to move forward and enter the EU.
    (Michael R., 17 December 2009 17:30)

    thank you, michael, but allow me to (gently) correct you. serbia will never capture all of its war criminals, not even a significant %, nor has any intention to do so. nor is anyone (save some victim groups and human rights groups and individuals) putting any meaningful pressure on the belgrade regime to do so.

    however, they HAVE to turn in the major "alleged" mass murderers to the UN court.

    and perhaps all the talk about nato is not totally off the mark. i've always hated the military (ies) and everthing it stands for, but where would we be w/out nato, at least in the balkans? at the very mercy of evil, as has anyway been the case over many years when nato refused or was "unable" to act. so let's just say that i have come to appreciate nato and our military potential, though never unquestionably.

    we will see mladic and the other alleged mass murderers in court, but only if we exhibit the spine, manifest the will to make it so.

    god bless the tribunal. imperfect as it is, it's the best we mere mortals can achieve today. we can all imagine the world without such "kangaroo" courts.
    thank you.

    roberto
    soon enroute back to my beloved berlin and sarajevo, and pristina...
    (roberto, 17 December 2009 21:14)
  7. I agree with Zoran. There was definitely a back room deal done here to extend the mandate of this fake political kangaroo court. We will see soon what that deal was. Perhaps it is a positive outcome of the ICJ verdict to Serbia's favour?
    I still look at this as a sell out. Russia should have discontinued this anti-Serb circus at the Hague.
    (Dragan, 17 December 2009 20:22)
  8. Zoran,

    Allow me to correct you, this is a UN Court and not that of NATO. By claiming this falsehood will not get serbia off the hook...
    (Michael R., 17 December 2009 17:30)
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    Even NATO admit this is their court. You can read for yourself right here at NATO [link] . I'll cut out just one part of it.
    ==
    Question : In The Hague last week the NATO governments have argued that the International Court of Justice does not have jurisdiction. I want to know if NATO is afraid of being judged by the International Court of Justice, and also what will happen if NATO is brought before the International Criminal Tribunal, will they also argue that there is no jurisdiction? Is NATO not prepared to recognise the authority of the International Court of Justice?

    Jamie Shea : As you know, without NATO countries there would be no International Court of Justice, nor would there be any International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia because NATO countries are in the forefront of those who have established these two tribunals, who fund these tribunals and who support on a daily basis their activities. We are the upholders, not the violators, of international law.
    ==
    Upholders of international law huh?

    Shall I post more?
    (Zoran, 17 December 2009 20:11)
  9. Zoran commented:

    "So it seems a backroom deal was done. The Netherlands is blocking Serbia's EU admission based on co-operation with the NATO court. The NATO court closes in 2010 so the Netherlands would have to drop its condition as Serbia cannot co-operate with a non-existent court."

    Zoran,

    Allow me to correct you, this is a UN Court and not that of NATO. By claiming this falsehood will not get serbia off the hook. Serbia must capture all its war criminals before it expects to move forward and enter the EU.
    (Michael R., 17 December 2009 17:30)
  10. ATM, it was the UN Security Council that extended it while Putin hinted that Russia would not approve further extensions.

    So it seems a backroom deal was done. The Netherlands is blocking Serbia's EU admission based on co-operation with the NATO court. The NATO court closes in 2010 so the Netherlands would have to drop its condition as Serbia cannot co-operate with a non-existent court.

    So in exchange for an extension the Netherlands agrees to unfreeze the free trade agreement. Serbia then get it one year earlier in exchange for a 2 year extension of the NATO court.

    It's a sellout as far as I'm concerned.
    (Zoran, 17 December 2009 14:04)
  11. Zoran,

    This has nothing to do with Serbia. its a slap from UN ie US and CO. Since Serbia is not putting the bill for this nor it is requesting to extend it.

    EU wants this to go on so stop turning things in to a Tadic or Putin.
    (ATM, 17 December 2009 12:54)
  12. This is a bit of a slap across the face for Putin, who stated previously that the mandate would not be extended. I suspect Tadic and co have something to do with this - probably the free trade agreement in exchange for the mandate extension.
    (Zoran, 17 December 2009 10:43)

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