Iran hails Serbia war criminal captivity
Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has expressed satisfaction with the arrest of a former Bosnian Serb army chief suspected of genocide against Bosnian Muslims in the 1990, Press TV reported with reference to IRNA.
Mehmanparast expressed hope that the investigation of crimes committed by detained Ratko Mladic and other genocide suspects in Serbia would pave the way for permanent stability in the sensitive region of the Balkans.
Serbian authorities captured the 69-year-old Mladic on Thursday in a village in the northern province of Vojvodina, where he had been living under a pseudonym.
The house, located in the village of Lazarevo about 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Belgrade, had been under surveillance by security forces for two weeks prior to the arrest.
Serbian President Boris Tadic said efforts were underway to send Mladic to the war crimes tribunal in The Hague, where he will stand trial on war crime charges.
Mladic is widely believed to be responsible for the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica, carried out by units of the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS) which were under his command at the time.
During the Bosnian War on July 11, 1995, about 15,000 starving Bosnian Muslims were forced to escape on foot to the relative safety of the Muslim-held territory, Srebrenica.
Although the United Nations had declared the enclave a "safe haven" two years earlier, Bosnian Serb forces slaughtered at least 7,500 men and boys to ethnically cleanse Bosnian Muslims from the area.
In February 2007, the International Court of Justice judged that the atrocities committed at Srebrenica amounted to genocide.