The Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz of the Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, ICTY, is scheduled tomorrow to submit his long-awaited report on Serbian cooperation to the UN Security Council in New York.
Political commentators expect this report to be his most positive assessment yet of Serbia’s cooperation with the Tribunal. However, the term “full cooperation” is not expected to be utilized without the arrest and extradition of Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic.
In terms of submitting documents and allowing access to archives (including military ones) and the protection of witnesses, Belgrade’s Blic daily reports that Brammertz is expected to confirm full cooperation, but he will likely mention that on the issue of the arrest and extradition of two fugitive war crimes suspects, Mladic and Goran Hadzic, the cases unfortunately remain open.
These arrests and extraditions remain the top priority for The Hague, without which the court cannot successfully conclude its mandate.