Canada congratulates Serbia on Karadzic arrest

2008-07-23 08:12:29 GMT       2008-07-23 16:12:29 (Beijing Time)

Canada welcomed on Tuesday the arrest of war crimes suspect and former wartime Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, and congratulated the Serbian government for complying with its "international responsibilities."

"The Government of Serbia is to be congratulated for this arrest," Canada's Foreign Minister David Emerson said in a statement.

"It will help bring closure to those who suffered so much during the terrible wars of the 1990s ... and demonstrates Serbia's acceptance of its international responsibilities," he added.

Emerson called for "redoubled efforts to track down and arrest" the remaining top war criminals sought by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, including former Serbian general Ratko Mladic and former Croatian political leader Goran Hadzic.

Karadzic, 63, who was indicted in 1995 and remained at large for more than 10 years, was arrested by Serbian security forces on Monday near Belgrade, where he had been working, and was transferred to the ICTY.

Karadzic faces charges of genocide, complicity in genocide, extermination, murder, willful killing, persecutions, deportation and inhumane acts against Muslims, Croats and other non-Serb civilians during Bosnia's 1992-95 war.


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