End Impunity for Bosnian Serb War Crimes Suspects
Ten years ago, some 8,000 Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims) were massacred after the UN "safe area" of Srebrenica fell to the Bosnian Serb Army. Crimes committed in Srebrenica have been recognized as amounting to genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Although some perpetrators have been prosecuted at the Tribunal, indicted suspects are still free.
- Prime Minister
- Prime Minister, Serbia
Ten years after the Srebrenica massacre, I am writing to express my concern about the continuing impunity for this crime, which has been recognised as amounting to genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
I welcome the recent improvement in the cooperation between authorities in Serbia and in Republika Sprska with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and in particular the transfer to the Hague of a number of indicted suspects.
However, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić, former Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladić and former Bosnian Serb Assistant Commander Zdravko Tolimir, who are indicted by the Tribunal for crimes committed in Srebrenica are still free. They are believed to be either in Serbia or in Republika Sprska, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
I urge you to:
-- take immediate steps to ensure that Ratko Mladić, Radovan Karadžić, Zdravko Tolimir and all other indicted suspects are arrested and transferred to the custody of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
-- to ensure full cooperation with any criminal investigations that may be opened into the events at Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina or in Serbia and Montenegro.
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