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After Freeing of Croatian Generals, Russia Questions ICTY & Resolution

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, December 13 -- Decisions, even on apeal, have consequences.

  The recent reversal of the convictions of former Croatian general Ante Gotovina and security chief Mladen Markac for their roles in Operation Storm in 1995 now impacts on the pending resolution on the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, sources exclusively tell Inner City Press.

  The resolution had been scheduled for adoption on December 12, but did not happen. Inner City Press looked into it and has been informed that Russia has proposed a number of amendments, including on the terms of judges and how to oversee the ICTY's remaining work.

  Some members view this as the politicization of international justice -- if so, not unlike the rejected request to Palestine to agree not to take cases to the International Criminal Court in exchange for votes for State observer status at the UN.

  It's worth revisiting what Gotovina told Croatian leader Franjo Tudman: "A large number of civilians are already evacuating Knin and heading towards Banja Luka and Belgrade. That means that if we continue this pressure, probably for some time to come, there won’t be so many civilians just those who have to stay, who have no possibility of leaving." See here, page 5.

   Serbs committed war crimes, for sure, for example in Vukovar as simply one example. But what is this Gotovina to Tudman quote, if not a Joint Criminal Enterprise?

  General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic has set up and tweeted about a debate on the topic in April, it's said with the intent to bring in some who fled in 1995. In a December 5 speech, the Serbian representative asked again and again, "Who killed these people?"

  And now, some over-dramatically say, who will kill the ICTY or the mandates of its judges? We will cover this and the April UNGA sesssion, and the run-up. Watch this site.

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