Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Minutes of Evidence

Letter to the Chairman of the Committee from Bill Rammell MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 30 November 2004


  Following the Foreign Affairs Committee's visit to The Hague in September this year the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Parliamentary Relations & Devolution Department forwarded to you a note on the budgetary situations of various international courts including the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

  At that time the FAC and the FCO were concerned at the level of payments and the arrears due which, at US$57 million, represented some 33% of the total ICTY budget for 2004. Because of our concerns, we carried out a lobbying campaign to persuade the principal debtors to pay their dues. I am pleased to be able to report that since then the two largest debtors, the US and Japan, have announced that they are in the process of clearing their arrears. Combined with payment from Mexico, promised for the end of the year, and one or two other states, this would bring total arrears down to some US$15 million or 9.5% of the 2004 budget.

  We will continue to press partners to pay their dues in the hope of avoiding similar situations in the future.

Bill Rammell MP

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

30 November 2004

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