22 July 1998
by the Secretary General of NATO, Dr Javier SOLANA
On 22 July 1998 SFOR detained two individuals who are believed to be
indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for
former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The indictments in question were issued in
July 1995 for grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva Conventions,
violations of the laws or customs of war and crimes against humanity
committed by guards at the Keraterm Detention Camp near Prijedor in
1992. The two individuals detained are now being processed for
transfer to the Hague, where ICTY will be responsible for their
positive identification. Details will be provided in due course by
the operational commanders.
on SFOR's Action Against Indicted War Criminals
This action was undertaken in accordance with SFOR's mandate which
authorizes it to detain such persons when encountered in the course
of its duties. This mandate was given to SFOR by the North Atlantic
Council under authority contained in the relevant United Nations
Security Council Resolutions.
SFOR will continue to carry out its mandate firmly and fairly and
will not tolerate any behaviour by any party contrary to the Peace
This action by SFOR serves as yet another warning to all those
indicted for war crimes who are still at large that they, too, will
be brought to justice. Once again I call on them to surrender
immediately to the ICTY. The parties to the Peace Agreement must also
comply fully with their commitment to transfer indicted war criminals
to the ICTY.
SACEUR, as overall commander for SFOR, has kept me fully informed of
this action. I should like to praise the SFOR troops and their
commanders for their courage, professionalism and dedication in
carrying out this action, which will contribute to the continued
consolidation of the peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina.