ASSETS OF PERSONS INDICTED FOR WAR CRIMES
(PIFWCS) IN FORMER YUGOSLAVIA
Letter from Rt Hon Geoff Hoon MP, Minister
for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office to the Chairman
I am writing to inform your Committee of plans
to extend the above Common Position freezing the assets of Persons
Indicted for War Crimes (PIFWCs) in the former Yugoslavia and
to explain that on this occasion it will be necessary to use the
The Common Position is scheduled to be renewed
at the EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council on 5 October.
However this will mean that there is not enough time for your
Committee to scrutinise the Decision.
In light of the need to maintain financial restrictions
on the remaining six fugitive indictees, including the former
Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic and his General Ratko
Mladic, I hope the Committee will accept my decision to use the
scrutiny override on this occasion. I had hoped to let you know
of this likely extension before the Parliamentary recess, however
since no text was available until a few days ago, we could not
be certain of the precise details of the measure.
14 September 2006