Thursday, July 24, 2008

Macedonia Applauds Karadzic's Capture

Macedonia on Tuesday greeted the arrest of the former wartime leader of Bosnian Serbs, and The Hague war crimes tribunal’s top fugitive Radovan Karadzic.

“This shows that the time has come to leave the tragic Balkan decade of the 1990s to the historians. The countries from the region should focus towards the common European future for the Balkans as a whole,” government spokesman Ivica Bocevski told media in Skopje.

After more than a decade of hiding, Karadzic was arrested late Monday in an operation by Serbian police on Serbian soil.

The charges against Karadzic in front of the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia, ICTY at The Hague include genocide, extermination, murder, deportation, inhumane acts, and other crimes committed against Bosnian Muslim, Bosnian Croats and other non-Serb civilians in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1992-1995 civil war.

Karadzic’s arrest was welcomed by many world leaders and politicians. His transfer to the Hague is now believed to be imminent.

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