Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General
Arrest of Ratko Mladic
New York, 26 May 2011
The Secretary-General welcomes today’s arrest of Ratko Mladic, former Commander of the army of Republika Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He commends President Tadic and the Serbian authorities for this significant step toward ending impunity for those indicted for serious violations of international humanitarian law during the conflict in the former Yugoslavia.
The Secretary-General’s thoughts today are first and foremost with the victims and their families, who have waited almost sixteen years for Mr. Mladic to be brought to justice for crimes including those committed at Srebrenica. This is a historic day for international justice and for the world’s collective fight against impunity. It sends a powerful message that those who are alleged to have committed crimes against humanity may try to evade justice but they will, in the end, be held accountable.
This important arrest will enable the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to move closer to completing its mandate. Ending impunity is essential for reconciliation, sustainable peace and justice in the region.