President Aleksandar Vucic received on Wednesday in Belgrade with President of the Hague Tribunal (ICTY) Carmel Agius.
Agius is visiting Serbia as the final in a series of visits to the countries of the former Yugoslavia before the tribunal closes down at the end of this year, ICTY announced earlier.
According to a statement from the Serbian president’s office, Vucic and Agius spoke today about the Hague Tribunal’s legacy, and the future work of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, that will continue to perform some of ICTY’s functions.
During the conversation, Vucic “pointed to the need to return to the Republic of Serbia the documentation submitted on the request of ICTY’s Prosecutor’s Office,” and “expressed concern about the treatment of Serb prisoners who are serving prison sentences abroad, based on the Hague Tribunal judgments, as well as about the health of the detainees in the detention unit in The Hague.”
Agius “made an objection to President Vucic because two members of the Serb Radical Party have not been extradited to Hague Tribunal, and said that the involvement of General (Vladimir) Lazarevic at the Military Academy (in Belgrade) was unacceptable for the international community,” the statement said.
According to announcements, while in Belgrade, Agius will also meet with Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, who earlier in the day described the ICTY as “not unbiased, and not contributing to regional reconciliation.”