More Bosnian nostalgia - latest from EUFOR commander

#1
Just so our mates still stagging on in the Balkans know they are not totally forgotten...

Latest quotes from British General commanding EUFOR:

Top fugitives not where they believed to be-EUFOR
30 Dec 2004 13:26:33 GMT

Source: Reuters

By Nedim Dervisbegovic

SARAJEVO, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Bosnian Serb war crimes fugitives Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic are not hiding in Bosnia where media reports often place them, says the British commander of the European Union Force (EUFOR).

And Croatian war crimes suspect Ante Gotovina, while rumoured to be in Ireland or perhaps Austria, may actually spend more time sheltering in western Bosnia where many Croats sympathise with him, according to General David Leakey.

In an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, Leakey said wartime leader Karadzic and his military commander Mladic -- two of the world's most wanted men -- come to Bosnia's Serb Republic only occasionally.

"They may visit but mostly they live outside so it's very difficult to get at those two," Leakey said at his Camp Butmir headquarters outside Sarajevo.

Karadzic and Mladic are wanted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal on two counts of genocide each.

With 7,000 troops from 33 countries, EUFOR is the biggest peacekeeping enterprise the EU has ever undertaken and its three-year expected mandate will be looked on as a test of the EU's military credibility. The force took over Bosnia peacekeeping from NATO earlier this month.

The fact that Karadzic and Mladic remain at liberty 9 years since their indictment for the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica and the siege of Sarajevo was a constant embarrassment for NATO and may be the same for EUFOR.

It is also a major obstacle to the postwar re-integration of Bosnia and Serbia, such as joining the European Union.
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full article on http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L30226526.htm

Incidentally for those interested in humanitarian conflict/disaster response, that site Reuters Alertnet is an outstanding resource.
 
#2
I recall being in Sarajevo when Drljaca (sp?) was executed and Kovacevic (sp?) was captured by the Hereford hooligans. Free drinks for the Brits that night.

msr
 
#3
msr said:
I recall being in Sarajevo when Drljaca (sp?) was executed and Kovacevic (sp?) was captured by the Hereford hooligans. Free drinks for the Brits that night.

msr
spot on spelling, msr.

errrr.... contrary to certain propaganda, Simo Drljaca wasnt executed! but justifiably shot trying to resist arrest with a weapon. Kovacevic subsequently died in prison at the Hague... there has been propaganda about that also.
 

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