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Bildt praises Serbia after Hadzic arrest

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 20 Jul 2011, 15:16

Published: 20 Jul 2011 15:16 GMT+02:00

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"20 years after the wars of Yugoslav disintegration started, (the) last person indicted for war crimes is arrested. Congratulations to Serbia," Bildt wrote via Twitter on Wednesday.

Hadzic is the last of all those accused by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) of war crimes in the country.

"A total of 161 persons were indicted by UN Tribunal for war crimes during wars in the Balkans. Justice will pave the way for reconciliation," Bildt said.

Bildt continued to argue in a blog post later on Wednesday that the arrest "opens up new possibilities" for Serbia with regards to European integration.

Summer 2011 marks 20 years since the former communist country began to break up. The wars continued until 1995 and hostilities were finally brought to an end with the Dayton Agreement on December 14th that year.

Goran Hadzic was not one of the main players in the brutal conflict that unfolded in the Balkans but his status as the last fugitive from justice renders his arrest historic.

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The ICTY indictment against Hadzic concerns his alleged involvement in crimes led by Slobodan Milosevic in Croatia from June 1991-December 1993. His name is mostly closely connected to atrocities committed in eastern Slavonia and Vukovar.

He is a Croatian Serb and was president of the Republic of Serbian Krajina during the Croatian independence war.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:10 July 20, 2011 by jostein
Well, if i got praise from Bildt id start thinking about what i must have done wrong.
22:48 July 20, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
Carl Bildt will praise his own mother if he has to, just to keep on showing Rain Field that he is Sweden's doctor, lawyer and Indian chief. Good Lord.
01:00 July 21, 2011 by Great Scott
Why is this tiny little man atill in the news
03:17 July 21, 2011 by cutthecrap
Bildt, one wet fool.
19:07 July 21, 2011 by jojojojo
Opens up new opportunities for Serbia?

Has anyone been watching Serbia since 1991????? I mean the whole time?

They give up a little something when they think something big is at stake. Real reconciliation they've never tried, let alone accomplished. Mr. Bildt, why don't you try saying "Good Start" and leave it at that until they do something of value to meet their neighbors half way in the Balkans instead of spoiling the societies where they still have influence (think Hungarians in Vojvodina, think non-Serbs in Serbia, think Bosnia, Kosovo, etc;

I worked Balkans intel for 20 years since 1991, and I can tell you, when Albanians, Bosniaks, Croats and others were helping us round up their own scumbags, we got zilch out of Serbs. Philosophy: They may have raped and tortured kids and others to death, but heck, those weren't SERBIAN kids.

Great job, Tadic, for recognizing that exchanging a scumbag criminal was worth a better shot at EU membership.

How about now letting the peoples Serbs caused so much pain be able to move on with their lives/societies.....like letting loose of Kosovo, Bosnia.....

Show real grace, real courage. State plainly that Bosnia's and Kosovo's borders are set, no discussion. Be the man!

And Serbian Orthodox church, man, I am Orthodox, and you shame all of us with your complacency towards these scoundrals. Maybe you ought to try Christianity, kind of a novel thought for many Pravoslav, but give it a try. You'd be amazed what nice things might happen to you, your church and the country you helped deliver to the devil in the 1990's.

Don't worry so much about the "Turci".....just look hard in the mirror, and you will discover a mano-suicidal-worst enemy in self.
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