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DATE=11/9/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=RWANDA STOPS COOPERATION (L ONLY) NUMBER=2-255991 BYLINE=BRECK ARDERY DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The head of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda expressed serious concern today (Tuesday) over a decision by the government of Rwanda to stop cooperating with the tribunal. V-O-A Correspondent Breck Ardery reports from the United Nations. TEXT: The government of Rwanda decided to suspend assistance to the tribunal as an apparent protest after the tribunal's appeals judges dismissed charges against Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza. Mr. Barayagwiza had been charged with genocide during the bloody Rwandan civil war of five years ago. But the appeals panel ruled that a combination of procedural deficiencies in the case mean Mr. Barayagwiza will go free. Navanethem Pillay, president of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, says a lack of cooperation from Rwanda now could jeopardize other prosecutions. /// Pillay Act /// We do need the cooperation of the Rwandan government for the production of witnesses both for the prosecution and the defense. If we do not have that cooperation and do not secure the attendance of witnesses, then of course we can not hold trials and that is why this is a matter of great concern. /// End Act /// Ms. Pillay told reporters she hopes the government of Rwanda will come to understand that the International Tribunal must follow its own rules of procedure and abide by the decisions of appeals judges.(Signed) NEB/UN/BA/LSF/JP 09-Nov-1999 17:34 PM EDT (09-Nov-1999 2234 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .

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