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07/06/10

Prime Minister receives ICTY President Robinson



ZAGREB, July 6 (Hina) - Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor on Tuesday received the president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Patrick Robinson, who on Monday arrived for an official visit to Croatia.

Stressing that Croatia was close to wrapping up its accession negotiations with the European Union, Kosor recalled that last week Croatia had opened the last three negotiating chapters within its EU membership talks.

Kosor also recalled that during its nonpermanent membership of the United Nations' Security Council, Croatia had actively contributed to all discussions on the exit strategy of the UN tribunal, headquartered in The Hague.

In this context, the Croatian premier pointed out the importance of bringing to justice the two remaining fugitives, Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadzic, indicted by the ICTY for war crimes.

Thanking Croatia for its contribution to the Security Council debates, Robinson said justice would not be satisfied as long as Mladic and Hadzic were on the run.