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The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, ICTY’s outreach office told BIRN on Friday that negotiations with the genocide memorial centre in Potocari near Srebrenica and the city of Sarajevo were in the final stages and that signing of a memorandum to establish the information centres was expected soon.
“ICTY information centres are designed in such a way as to ensure direct and safe access to all public files and archive materials contained in online databases for all interested citizens and organizations,” said Rada Pejic-Sremac from the ICTY’s outreach office.
Pejic-Sremac said the establishment of archive centres in the countries of the former Yugoslavia was recommended in a report by the UN Secretary-General to help strengthen the rule of law and build peace in the region.
Hasan Nuhanovic, a planning adviser at the memorial centre in Potocari the said the archives would be located in the centre’s Genocide Library, and ther would be public access to all Hague Tribunal documents.
“The ultimate goal of the project is to enable the end user, be it a memorial centre employee, a visitor, a journalist or a person involved in researching genocide, to sit at a computer and, using a password we obtain from the Tribunal and give to the end user, access the Tribunal database,” Nuhanovic said.
BIRN was not able to get any further information about the setting up of an ICTY information centre in Sarajevo from the city authorities in the capital because of the summer holiday season.