ICTY president says tribunal doing its job

SARAJEVO, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- The International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has exceeded expectations since its establishment 20 years ago, said ICTY President Theodor Meron here on Wednesday.

Meron, who attended a conference dedicated to the 20th anniversary of establishment of ICTY, said the tribunal established some key precedents in area of international criminal and humanitarian law with some of its verdicts.

He noted, however, that the tribunal's mandate is pretty limited.

"ICTY shoulders the task to determine individual criminal responsibility of those accused of severe violation of international law and it can find the defendant guilty only when there is evidence beyond reasonable doubt in accordance with the law and based on presented evidence. By complying with these postulates strictly and seriously, ICTY has... exceeded expectations," he said.

Meron continued that ICTY has shown it is possible to try the most complex cases involving most serious criminal offence.

ICTY, established in 1993, is a United Nations court of law dealing with war crimes that took place during the conflicts in the Balkans in the 1990s.