The Dutch will not ratify the SAA until the Serbian authorities arrest Ratko MladiÄ‡, says Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen.
“I would like to emphasize that Serbiaâ€™s Euro-Atlantic perspective is of essential importance,” he said.
“Therefore, if they arrest MladiÄ‡, we too will back down,â€ Verhagen told journalists in Zagreb after meeting with Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan JandrakoviÄ‡.
“At the last meeting of EU foreign ministers with Hague Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz, I wasnâ€™t persuaded that Serbia was fully cooperating with the Tribunal. Therefore thereâ€™s no need for the Netherlands to take a different position regarding the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA),â€ Verhagen said.
He reiterated that cooperation with the Hague Tribunal was the main condition for ratification of the SAA.