Tuesday, 22 July 2008

I widely welcomes and celebrates the capture of disgraced Serbian war criminal Radovan Karadzic in Belgrade last night. The moment for justice has arrived for millions of Bosnian Muslims and Croats who lost loved ones and saw them driven from their homes and communities.

Whilst celebrating his capture, I also remember with sadness and sorrow the millions of victims of the Bosnian war, this was Europe’s 20th century Holocaust and it was a matter of shame that Europe allowed this massacre to go on under their noses.

I urge the Serbian Government to send him to The Hague immediately so that he can be charged and put on trial for his murderous crimes, I further urge increased work to capture the Serb military leader Ratko Mladic so that victims can see justice done and this distressing chapter of war crimes can be closed.

I commend all those involved in his capture and look forward to his appearance at The Hague.