World leaders congratulate Serbia on Mladic’s arrest

26/05/2011 16:10

The news for the arrest of Ratko Mladic is traveling around the world, bringing the first international reactions.

The President of the European Commission, Jose Emanuel Barroso expressed his satisfaction for the arrest of the former Serbian general, wanted for genocide against 8000 Muslim Bosnians in Srebrenica.

“This is very good news. One week ago I visited Belgrade and had a long and sincere talk with President Tadic, who promised to do everything for capturing Mladic”, Barroso declared.

He added that Tadic kept his promise, and now it is Brussels’s turn to trust Serbia’s commitment for EU membership.

Many other world leaders congratulated the Serbian government for this achievement.

“Almost 16 years after the trial against him for genocide and war crimes, the arrest finally gives an opportunity for justice to be made” said NATO General Secretary, Fogh Rasmussen.

“The arrest of Ratko Mladic is a further step for Serbia and international justice”, declared EU Chief of Diplomacy, Catherine Ashton.

“We congratulate your success. This is good news for the families of the victims”, declared the White House.

“The news of Mladic’s arrest has a great importance for the future of Serbia”, underlined the European Council President of the Parliamentary Assembly, Mevlut Cavusoglu.

“The arrest is a major test of democratic maturity for Serbia, which approaches it further to Europe and the European Union,” declared Italian Foreign Minister Frattini.

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