Serbia/arrest of Goran Hadžić
I’ve just learnt of the arrest of Goran Hadžić, the former political leader of the Croatian Serbs between 1991 and 1993. He was the last person indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) still to be on the run.
I hail the Serbian authorities’ action and determination. Goran Hadžić will soon have to answer in The Hague for the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in eastern Slavonia of which he is accused. France reiterates her full support for the ICTY and its action in the service of international law. Justice will finally be able to be done, contributing to the reconciliation of the Western Balkans.
Following the arrest of Ratko Mladić, that of Goran Hadžić shows the Serbian government’s willingness to cooperate fully with the International Criminal Tribunal. It was an essential condition for Serbia to move closer to Europe.
The Council will have to take this into account when it examines the advice the Commission gives it this autumn on Serbia’s candidacy to join the European Union. We have confidence in Serbia to continue reforms so as to move closer to the European Union./.