Serbian Foreign Minister Says Mladic Must Be Captured
Foreign Minister Draskovic (file photo) (epa)
March 7, 2006 -- Serbia-Montenegro Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic predicts that the country could become a "place of stability" within months of the capture and extradition of the fugitive war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic to the UN war crimes tribunal at The Hague.
Draskovic underlined his belief that Mladic must be caught.
Mladic, a former Bosnia Serb general, has been charged over the massacre in thousands of Muslims in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica in 1995.
Many Serbs consider him to be a national hero.
UN prosecutors believe he is hiding in Serbia and European Union officials have set a March 31 deadline for Belgrade to extradite Mladic or face the prospect of talks on building closer ties being suspended.
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)