The president of Serbia has made an official visit to neighbouring Bosnia Herzegovina and promised to hunt down the last remaining Bosnian war-crimes fugitive.
Boris Tadic’s visit to his hometown Sarajevo came after last month’s arrest of Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb military commander accused of warcrimes stemming from the siege of the city in the 1990s.
Tadic said Serbia would not be sidetracked, even though many Bosnian Serbs accuse him of treachery over the Mladic arrest.
‘I am convinced that Serbia will fulfil its obligations towards the Hague tribunal by arresting the remaining fugitive, Goran Hadzic, in the same way it has delivered 45 out of 46 defendants to the court in the Hague, either by arresting them or by their voluntary surrender,’ Tadic said.
Tadic’s visit was aimed at reinforcing reconciliation in the western Balkans more than 15 years after the inter-ethnic killing in Bosnia formally came to an end.
The chairman of the presidency that represents the three main Bosnian ethnic groups said the two neighbours had membership of the EU as a major goal.
Serbia’s arrest of Mladic has given its chances of joining a considerable boost.