BELGRADE – Serbia will not be amending its laws pursuant to suggestions from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said Tuesday, adding that an ICTY suggestion that a law on cooperation with the tribunal be urgently amended was another attempt at pressuring Serbia.
“Laws are passed by the parliament based on proposals from the government or MPs – the Hague tribunal is not envisioned to propose laws and I am not aware of it being able to do so. It is not possible anywhere in the world, and it is not possible in Serbia either,” Dacic told a press conference.
The law that the ICTY now sees as inappropriate was passed in collaboration with the tribunal itself and Western countries – it was “verified internationally” and no one objected to it, Dacic said.
“This is an attempt at exerting further pressure on our country. We will definitely not be amending laws pursuant to requests from the Hague tribunal,” Dacic said.
An ICTY trial chamber noted Tuesday that Serbia should urgently amend its legislation to comply with its international obligations, including an order to arrest and extradite Serbian Radical Party (SRS) officials Petar Jojic, Vjerica Radeta and Jovo Ostojic.