The people of Belgrade have reacted with caution to news of the arrest of Radovan Karadzic, who is wanted for plotting, planning and ordering the worst atrocities committed in Europe since the Second World War.
News of the Bosnian Serb wartime political leader’s arrest hit the streets this morning.
“We don’t know whether he is guilty or not, and whether he killed somebody. We are sending him to the Hague. For the Government that may be OK, but for the people, not,” said one man.
“This is all right. It’s good that they arrest for the Hague, but on the other hand he is our man. I wouldn’t like him to end like others,” said another.
“This is the end of the Serbian nation. Serbia’s finished, a long time ago,” one woman commented.
International pressure to detain Karadic mounted in the spring of 2005 when several of his former generals surrendered and video footage of Bosnian Serb soldiers executing captives in Srebrenica was seen by the world.