Sweden's Bildt also rejects Karadzic's claims of deal

Other News Materials 1 August 2008 19:25 (UTC +04:00)

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic's claim that he would not face charges as part of a deal that ended the Bosnian war was rejected Friday by Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, reported dpa.

Karadzic on Thursday claimed that the Dayton accord included a deal that he would not be brought to trial if he withdrew from the public eye when he appeared at the war crimes trial in The Hague.

"There was never any such deal," Bildt who served as an international envoy in the Balkans in the 1990s told Swedish radio news.

"There were no efforts to drop the charges (against Karadzic)," Bildt added, saying that he and former US assistant secretary of state Richard Holbrooke who brokered the Dayton accord, were "active" in efforts to get Karadzic arrested.

Holbrooke has already strongly denied any such deal.

Karadzic, 63, faces charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

Bildt said that as an envoy he avoided dealing with Karadzic saying he was "an unreliable person."