General Ratko Mladic is still at large and there are no negotiations taking place for his release, according to the UN’s chief war crimes prosecutor. Carla del Ponte says the fugitive Bosnian Serb commander is in Serbia and urged authorities to do more to apprehend him.
“There is no indication at all that negotiations about his surrender are currently under way,” she told a news conference.
“Ratko Mladic is in Serbia, there is no doubt about this. He has been there since 1998. During all this time he has been, and he remains within reach of the Serbian authorities. He can and must be arrested immediately,” she added.
Del Ponte also urged the EU to put more pressure on Belgrade to arrest him. Despite official denials by Serbia, rumours have been swirling since Tuesday that the 63-year-old fugitive was either under arrest or being talked into surrender to salvage Belgrade’s membership talks with the European Union.
The EU decides next week on whether to continue talks with Belgrade or freeze them as punishment for not arresting Mladic. Along with former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, Mladic has been charged with genocide for orchestrating the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in 1995 – the worst single atrocity in Europe since WWII.