Karadzic arrest will lead to brighter future for Serbia: Britain

2008-07-23 07:53:15 GMT       2008-07-23 15:53:15 (Beijing Time)       SINA.com

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband on Tuesday hailed the arrest of Radovan Karadzic, the wartime Bosnian Serb leader accused of genocide, and said it would lead to a brighter future for Serbia.

In a statement released by the foreign ministry, Miliband said: "This is good news. I am glad that the Serbian authorities have successfully captured Karadzic, who has evaded arrest for over 10 years."

"This arrest will help close the region's decades of conflict, and pave the way for a brighter, European future for Serbia and the region."

Along with his former army chief Ratko Mladic, Karadzic had evaded the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia since 1995 when they were charged with war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity during Bosnia's 1992-1995 war.

Mladic, 65, is now one of only two other remaining fugitives of The Hague-based court. The other is Goran Hadzic, 49, a former Serb politician wanted for "ethnic cleansing," but in Croatia.


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