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NATO hails Serbia arrest of last international war crimes fugitive

Other News Materials 20 July 2011 14:58
NATO on Wednesday praised Serbia for the arrest of former Serbian Croat leader Goran Hadzic, the last fugitive from the court the United Nations set up to try war criminals from Former Yugoslavia.
NATO hails Serbia arrest of last international war crimes fugitive

NATO on Wednesday praised Serbia for the arrest of former Serbian Croat leader Goran Hadzic, the last fugitive from the court the United Nations set up to try war criminals from Former Yugoslavia, DPA reported.

"This arrest will allow for the most painful chapter in recent European history to be closed. I commend the step taken by the Serbian authorities to live up to their international obligations," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a statement.

Rasmussen said "Serbia's future lies in constructive cooperation with its neighbours and the Euro-Atlantic family," which includes the European Union and NATO.

"NATO remains committed to assisting the entire Western Balkan region on the way to Euro-Atlantic integration," he concluded.

EU membership is a goal for Serbia's government, while joining NATO is more controversial, since the Western military alliance bombed the country in 1999 to get Serbian troops to withdraw from Kosovo.

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