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Kosovo leaders welcome Mladic conviction for genocide and war crimes

Kosovo’s president and prime minister have welcomed a ruling by UN judges who uphold the conviction of former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic for genocide and war crimes.

President Vjosa Osmani said the Hague tribunal’s decision would go down in history as a rare case of justice given, adding, however, that the region has a long way to go to ensure that other survivors and their families the missing also receive justice.

“When we see a decision like today, the people and families who experienced untold suffering perpetrated by Milosevic’s genocidal regime will feel one step closer to justice. “There is no doubt now that the intention of Milosevic, Mladic and others part of that regime, was genocide,” Osmani said.

Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti said the decision on Mladic’s case is a reminder that Serb denial of past crimes in Bosnia and Kosovo must end. The notorious war criminal Ratko Mladic, known as the ‘butcher of Bosnia and Herzegovina’, is sentenced to life in prison for genocide. Serbia hid him and portrayed him as a hero. “But this decision is a reminder that the Serb denial of past crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo must end,” said Kurti.

UN war crimes tribunals in The Hague upheld a life sentence for Mladic, who led Bosnian Serb forces during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, dismissing all grounds for his appeal.

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