Press Statement
Philip J. Crowley
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
February 25, 2011

On February 23, 2011, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) convicted former Assistant Minister of the Serbian Ministry of Internal Affairs Vlastimir Djordjevic of crimes against humanity and war crimes in 1999, including for the murder of over 724 and the forced deportation of at least 200,000 Kosovo Albanians. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who perished during this conflict.

The United States strongly supports the ICTY’s investigation into allegations of war crimes committed by both sides during and after the Kosovo conflict. The pursuit of justice is a human necessity for victims of atrocities, in the Western Balkans and around the world.

The United States is deeply committed to effective action to bring to justice, in accordance with international standards of fair process, those responsible for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. We commend the representatives and staff of the ICTY for their continued hard work to ensure that perpetrators of these atrocities are brought to justice.

PRN: 2011/292