The International Community’s High Representative and EU Special Representative in Bosnia Miroslav LajÄÃ¡k welcomes the long awaited arrest of Serbian war criminal Stojan Å½upljanin,indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for war crimes committed against Bosnian civilians during the 1992-1995 Serbian aggression against Bosnia,who was finally arrested earlier today.
“Actions taken by High Representative, the international community and domestic partners to disrupt their support networks have helped create the conditions that have lead to the arrest or surrender of numerous persons indicted for war crimes”. the Office of the International Community’s High Representative in Bosnia (OHR) said.
“I will always do everything in my power to help bring war crimes indictees to justice. Pressure on their support networks will continue, especially as the search now boils down to the two most wanted suspects, Radovan KaradÅ¾iÄ‡ and Ratko MladiÄ‡. This arrest and those to follow are important for families of victims to find closure to the tragic atrocities that took place in Bosnia, for which their families paid dearly. For all in Bosnia this is important as it enhances the reconciliation process and opens up a perspective to a future less burdened with the crimes from the past”, said LajÄÃ¡k.
Former leaders of the Serbians living in Bosnia,Serbian war criminals Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, both wanted by the ICTY on genocide charges, are still on the run.