News 10 Jul 07

Del Ponte Praises Bosnia for 'Good' Cooperation

Sarajevo _ Carla Del Ponte, the Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia, ICTY, said the level of co-operation with Bosnia and Herzegovina “is good”, adding, however, that those most responsible for atrocities still needed to be arrested.

“I informed the Security Council and the EU about the good cooperation of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Republika Srpska,” Del Ponte said on Tuesday after meeting the new High Representative, Miroslav Lajcak.

She described the arrest of Bosnian Serb general Zdravko Tolimir at the end of May as “very important” but added: “In my view, full cooperation is all of my four fugitives.”

The two most wanted are the wartime Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, and his general, Ratko Mladic, who were indicted by the tribunal in 1995 for the massacre of up to 7,000 Muslims in the eastern town of Srebrenica and for the three-year siege of Bosnia’s capital.


Del Ponte believes Mladic is hiding in Serbia while the whereabouts of Karadzic remain unknown. The other two fugitives sought by the court are a former Croatian Serb leader, Goran Hadzic, and Stojan Zupljanin, also an ethnic Serb.

Lajcak agreed on the importance of cooperation with the tribunal, based in The Hague, recalling that it was one of the key preconditions for the possible admission of Bosnia into the EU.

“Cooperation with The Hague tribunal is of crucial importance for the future as this is one of the key provisions for the signing of the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union,” Lajcak noted.

Del Ponte had come to Sarajevo a day ahead of the 12th anniversary commemoration of the fall of Srebrenica. She is expected to take part at a ceremony at which the bodies of 465 newly identified victims of the massacre will be buried at a memorial centre.

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