Serbia wants its war crimes prepetrators jailed at home

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic on Tuesday asked UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to intervene to ensure that Serbs convicted by a UN war crimes court can serve their sentences in their own country.

Belgrade is "ready to offer firm guarantees that the convicts will not be granted a premature release and without an adequate ruling of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)," Dacic wrote in a letter to the secretary general.

Serbia is willing to "assure full security in facilities where the sentences would be served, as well as to accept international checks on the way the court's decisions are implemented," he wrote.

Eleven Serbs condemned by the ICTY are currently serving their sentences in jails in different countries, according to the Serbian bureau for cooperation with The Hague-based tribunal.

The ICTY was created in 1993 to try perpetrators of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed from 1991 onwards after the break-up of the former Yugoslavia.

The court should complete all its outstanding work by the end of 2014.