Every six months the international criminal court for the former Yugoslavia releases a progress report on Serbia and its cooperation with judges in the Hague.
One of the keenly followed subjects is Bosnian Serb war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic.
Serge Brammertz is the chief prosecutor of the court. At the UN Security Council in New York he reaffirmed the need for Serbia to arrest Mladic, who is charged with genocide and crimes against humanity.
euronews reporter Frédéric Bouchard spoke to him and began by asking what the current situation was regarding Serbia’s efforts to capture Ratko Mladic.
“A lot still needs to be done. We have renewed our demand that more resources are made available for this. Today that is not the case. We are fully aware of the fact that the job is not easy, given that the majority of the population today, unfortunately, are against the capture of Mladic.”
Frédéric Bouchard, euronews:
“The Serbian government has multiplied by ten its reward for Mladic’s arrest, to 10 million dollars. Is this just a cover, to say: ‘Look at all the effort the Serbs are making’. What do you think?”
“Listen, of course I hear the Serbian government, I hear the president who swears to us that everything will be done and there is the political will to arrest these two fugitives, Mladic and Hadzic. As far as we’re concerned, of course we don’t evaluate the political will, we look at what is happening on the ground, and there, we can that something is happening, but we believe that Serbia can do better, that they have the means to do more. More has to be done to succeed.”
“Can we say that the long arm of the law is reaching Ratko Mladic, given what’s been happening this year?”
“That’s certainly what we hope. We have several contacts in the police and intelligence services who are doing a good job. Of course we also know there are support networks attempting to make this work impossible. We hope that those who want to meet the objectives will come out on top. But as I say, there are several forces operating at the same time: on the one hand there are those looking for an arrest; on the other there are those who want to prevent it.”