Churkin: Russia supports Serbia's request

Russia considers grounded Belgrade's request for Serbia's inclusion into the list of countries where the persons convicted by the Hague can serve sentence.

Source: Tanjug, ITAR-TASS

Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation in the UN Vitaly Churkin also stated on Wednesday that such a step would contribute to the restoration of trust and the role of the ICTY (Hague Tribunal)in reconciliation in the area of the former Yugoslav countries, Russian news agency Itar Tass reported.

"We consider Serbia's request grounded from the legal and political point of view. The situation in the country has changed cardinally compared to 1993. Legal institutions have been formed. The civil society is being built. The rule of law is being strengthened. We back its request by taking into account Serbia's corresponding guarantees," the Russian ambassador said.

The persons convicted by the ICTY are serving sentences in prisons across Europe, including Austria, Britain, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Norway, Sweden and France.

Former UN secretary-general Boutros-Boutros Ghali recommended that ICTY convicts should not to serve sentence in the countries of the former Yugoslavia where at the time the war was still raging.

Serbia has requested form the ICTY on a few occasions to have its citizens serve sentences in Serbia, but this request was denied for fear of heroization of inmates, the Russian agency said.


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