Serbian President Says Nationalists Gaining Strength
Serbian President Boris Tadic (file photo) (AFP)
19 February 2006 -- Serbia's President Boris Tadic has warned that nationalists loyal to ousted leader Slobodan Milosevic were gaining strength in his country.
Addressing a convention of his Democratic Party in Belgrade on 18 February, Tadic said "those who ruined Serbia in the 1990s and put nationalism before everything else want to rule Serbia again."
The Democratic Party played a key role in Milosevic's ouster six years ago. In 2003, paramilitaries loyal to Milosevic killed Prime Minister and Democratic Party leader Zoran Djindjic.
Recent opinion polls show the extreme nationalist Serbian Radical Party and other Milosevic allies currently enjoy the largest popular support in Serbia.
Ratko Mladic (left) confers with Radovan Karadzic during a meeting in Pale in 1993 (epa)
Ten years have passed since former Bosnian Serb leader RADOVAN KARADZIC and his former military commander General RATKO MLADIC were indicted by the Hague-based war crimes tribunal for genocide and other war crimes. The two fugitives remain at large, despite the obligation of NATO-led peacekeepers and the various governments in the region to arrest the indictees and send them to The Hague. Many people wonder why the most powerful military alliance in history and a host of governments seeking Euro-Atlantic integration remain unable to catch the two... (more)
To listen to wartime audio of Ratko Mladic, click here.
Coffins of Srebrenica victims being prepared for burial in October (AFP)
SREBRENICA: The July 1995 massacre of some 7,000 Muslim men and boys by Bosnian Serb fighters near the UN-designated safe haven of Srebrenica is the worst atrocity of its kind in Europe since the end of World War II. Since the incident, the name Srebrenica has become practically synonomous with ethnic cleansing....(more)