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Reaction to the arrest of Goran Hadzic

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The arrest of Goran Hadzic the last major war crimes suspect from the 1990 Yugoslav conflicts has been welcomed in many areas of Europe.

He was seized about 64 kilometres north of Belgrade. Its reported he was trying to set up a deal to sell a valuable Italian painting. The detention of the 52-year-old is a key for the future of Serbia in joining the European Union.

As a Croatian Serb wartime leader he was indicted for crimes against humanity during the Croatian war.

He is linked with a massacre in Vukovar in which almost 300 men were killed after Serb forces took over the hospital despite a promise to evacuate it.

Ante Micic, a resident of the town believes his arrest was political.

“Of course we are glad to hear that he has been arrested. But I think it is just a political move, now that they (Serbia) need to join the European Union,” he said. Others like Mara Peljkovic, a nurse at Vukovar hospital said his arrest was long overdue.

“It was about time he was arrested. He will have to face justice now, and respond to what he did here,” she said.

Along with the slaughter in Vukovar, one of the worst massacres of the Croatian war, Goran Hadzic is also being held responsible for the deportation of 20,000 from the town after it was captured.

He was the last suspect sought by the by the United Nations war crime tribunal at the Hague and now joins Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic.

It is hoped his arrest which the Serbian president called the closing of, “a burdensome page” in the country’s history, will help draw a line under the conflicts of the early nineties.