2008-07-23 08:31:08 GMT 2008-07-23 16:31:08 (Beijing Time) SINA.com
United States on Monday congratulated the government of Serbia on the capture of accused war criminal Radovan Karadzic, calling his arrest a "tribute" to the victims of atrocities there.
"We congratulate the government of Serbia, and thank the people who conducted this operation for their professionalism and courage," a White House statement said.
"The timing of the arrest, only days after the commemoration of the massacre of over 7,000 Bosnians committed in Srebrenica, is particularly appropriate, as there is no better tribute to the victims of the war's atrocities than bringing their perpetrators to justice."
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino noted that the catalogue of alleged offenses against Karadzic includes "a brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing directed at non-Serbs, organized attacks on places of worship, the operation of concentration camps, and the mass murder of thousands of Bosnian Muslim and Bosnian Croat civilians."
The successful effort to finally track down and apprehend him "is an important demonstration of the Serbian Government's determination to honor its commitment to cooperate with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia," the White House said.