On 21 February, at the bilateral meeting held with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, H.E. Péter Szijjártó, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade announced that Hungary decided to offer a voluntary contribution of 50.000 Euro for the establishment of International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011.
As it is recalled, on 21 December 2016, the General Assembly – on the initiative of Liechtenstein – adopted resolution 71/248 and agreed to set up the aforementioned Mechanism to assist in ensuring criminal accountability for the crimes committed during the conflict in Syria.
Hungary recognizes the leadership efforts by Liechtenstein that were indispensable for the success of this initiative and commends the Secretary-General for the excellent terms of reference of the Mechanism developed by him with the support of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Hungary uses this opportunity to encourage other member states of the United Nations to follow the example of the Netherlands, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Qatar and now Hungary that have already offered voluntary contributions for the establishment of the Mechanism.