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MEMO/11/347

Deauville, 26 May 2011

Statement by President Barroso on the arrest of Ratko Mladic

"I strongly welcome the arrest of Ratko Mladic by Serbia's authorities. This is an important step forward for Serbia and for international justice. I congratulate President Tadic and Serbia's Government for this courageous action.

During my visit to Belgrade last week, I strongly reiterated the EU's firm support to Serbia's European perspective. The arrest of Ratko Mladic is therefore a very positive development for the European Union, for Serbia's neighbours, but most of all for the rule of law in Serbia itself. The families of his countless victims deserve justice.

I look forward to Ratko Mladic's transfer to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia without delay. Full cooperation with the ICTY remains essential on Serbia's path towards EU membership."


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