Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn (file photo) (AFP)
March 30, 2006 -- The European Union is urging Serbia to act "without delay" to bring top war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic to justice or else run the risk of a suspension of talks on closer ties.
EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn said today that he will receive a report on March 31 from chief UN war crimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte on the extent of Belgrade's cooperation.
He was speaking to reporters in Brussels after talks with Bosnian Prime Minister Adnan Terzic.
His comments come ahead of a new round of talks between the EU and Belgrade slated for April 5.
Mladic is a former Bosnian-Serb military commander who is charged with genocide for crimes committed during the 1990s Bosnian wars.
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)