Bosnian Serb general surrenders to ICTY on Srebrenica charges

[JURIST] As expected [JURIST report], former Bosnian Serb general Vinko Pandurevic [ICTY case backgrounder] surrendered to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] Wednesday. Pandurevic is alleged to have been one of the commanders in charge of the forces that expelled or killed most of the Muslim members of the UN-protected Srebrenica enclave in 1995. Pandurevic has been charged with genocide [ICTY press release], crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war. AP has more.

In a related story, Paddy Ashdown [official profile], High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, told the UN Security Council Wednesday that Bosnian Serbs are changing their attitude towards the ICTY. During the Security Council briefing [meeting summary; recorded video], Ashdown said that recent actions by Serb authorities to turn over ICTY indictees to the UN war crimes tribunal reflect a change in attitude and "an acceptance that the way to Brussels and the European Union (EU) and to NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), lies through The Hague." However, Ashdown said that there is not yet full cooperation and called for the surrender of Serbian wartime commander Ratko Mladic and Serb wartime president Radovan Karadzic. The UN News Service has more.



 

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