Human Rights Watch welcomed the commitment of the Croatian government to cooperate with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

In a letter sent to Croatian Prime Minister Ivica Racan, Human Rights Watch praised the government's recent decision to surrender to the tribunal two Croatian Army generals covered by sealed indictments . It is believed that the generals are charged with war crimes committed during offensives against Serb rebels in September 1993 and August 1995.

Human Rights Watch reiterated that the transfer of the two indictees is firmly mandated by international law, as part of Croatia's overall obligation to cooperate with the tribunal. Human Rights Watch also stressed that the recent transfer of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to the U.N. war crimes tribunal makes it particularly important that other governments in the region also live up to their cooperation obligations, as Croatia has expressed a willingness to do.