Wed, May 22 2013
Hadzic's delivery to the Hague-based tribunal following the capture of Karadzic removes a key obstacle to Serbia's bid to open negotiations with the European Union for membership in the bloc.
In Sofia, the Foreign Ministry said that it sincerely welcomed the arrest of Hadzic, which it described as the result of determined and consistent efforts by Serbia's leadership to implement Belgrade's commitments to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
Hadzic's arrest comes just weeks after the arrest in May of Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic.
In an official statement, Nikolai Mladenov said that the arrest of Ratko Mladić followed a 16-year effort to capture him.
Mladić, army chief for Radovan Karadzic and a Srebrenica massacre accused, was living under the name Milorad Komadic.
Brammertz told Serbian leaders there can be no alternative to the arrest of the fugitives. He said his opinion will be reflected in the report he will send to the UN Security Council on May 17.
She told the court on April 5 that if her husband were still alive, he would have found a way to contact the family.
Belgrade wants to open negotiations immediately after getting candidate status, but there are key outstanding issues including the country’s fugitive war criminals.
Bosiljka Mladic was taken to a court in Belgrade on June 9 2010 and questioned by a judge about an automatic firearm, a hunting rifle and several pistols discovered in the Mladic family home in 2008.
The Hague tribunal receives Mladic diaries, upholds Serb party leader Vojislav Šešelj’s conviction for contempt and confirms the 2008 conviction of Johan Tarculovski for murders and other actions in Macedonia.
Governments in Prague and Bucharest could soon join Sofia in instituting temporary moratoriums on shale gas exploration.
Coalition around ruling Democratic Party has largest share of vote in Serbia's parliamentary election, according to exit polls.
Centre-right New Democracy is said by exit polls to have largest share of votes, but diminished even from its 2009 defeat, while socialists Pasok – the 2009 victors – gets somewhere around 14 to 17 per cent.
An agreement reached with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will allow voters with dual citizenship in Kosovo to vote in the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections in Serbia.
Twenty radical Muslims suspected of being members of a terrorist group that has been linked to the murder of five fishermen in early April.