Obama administration slams UN review of post-war justice in the Balkans

“We believe that ad hoc international criminal tribunals and other judicial institutions in Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, and Cambodia have been critical to ending impunity and helping these countries chart a new, more positive future. We regret in particular that the way today’s thematic debate and the related panel discussion are structured fail to provide the victims of these atrocities an appropriate voice.”

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Jeremic defended the session, saying its goal was much broader than revisiting post-war justice in the ex-Yugoslavia.

“Discussions about international criminal justice often involve considerations of delicate matters like sovereignty or impartiality,” he said. “But I firmly believe there should be no forbidden subjects in the General Assembly. Where else can all Member States come together, as equals, to exchange views frankly, openly, and inclusively on far-reaching issues?”