Ratko Mladić was sentenced to life imprisonment by the International Criminal Court, which was welcomed by a number of organizations and countries, including the EU, the State Department, the Turkish Foreign Ministry and NATO.
“The final trial in the Ratko Mladić case by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (IRMCT) ends a key trial in Europe ‘s recent history of war crimes, including the genocide that took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Remembering those who lost their lives, our deepest sympathies are with their loved ones and those who survived. This judgment will contribute to healing for all who suffered.
The EU expects all political actors in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Western Balkans to demonstrate full co-operation with international tribunals, respect their rulings and recognize their independence and impartiality.
Denial of genocide, revisionism and the glorification of war criminals run counter to Europe’s most fundamental values. Today’s decision is an opportunity for leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region, in fact, to lead the way in honoring the victims and promoting a conducive environment for reconciliation to overcome the legacy of war and build peace. stable.
This is a precondition for the stability and security of Bosnia and Herzegovina and essential for its path to the EU. It is also among the top 14 priorities of the Commission Opinion on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s application for EU membership.
International and domestic courts in Bosnia and Herzegovina and neighboring countries must continue their mission to ensure justice for all victims of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, and their family members. There can be no impunity, “said José Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi.
The State Department said in a statement, “Today’s ruling by the United Nations International Waste Mechanism for Criminal Courts upholding Ratko Mladic’s conviction on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes brings a long-awaited measure of justice. for victims and their families in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
As a former Bosnian Serb Army Commander, Mladic was a key figure in a campaign with the gruesome goal of permanently removing the Bosnian and Croat populations of Bosnia and Herzegovina from Serb – controlled territory. The crimes committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina mark one of the darkest chapters in post-World War II history.
Despite the perpetrators’ efforts to silence witnesses, keep evidence of their buried crimes, and evade arrest warrants, justice has prevailed in this case. We commend the courage and resilience of the survivors and their loved ones who have continued to fight for the official recognition of these crimes. As we approach the 26th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, we hope that the Appeals Chamber’s decision will bring a measure of peace to the victims and their loved ones. We are grateful for the years of work by the International Waste Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in administering justice in this matter.
The United States will continue to push for justice, mutual trust, and reconciliation as the foundation of peace and stability.
For its part, the Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a press release stating, among other things, regarding the sentencing of Ratko Mladić that although this decision did not alleviate the pain of the relatives of the victims of the Srebrenica genocide, it was the decision of proper in terms of justice.
“We hope that the decision will serve peace and social reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region and will help prevent similar crimes,” the statement concluded.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement: “I welcome the decision by the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to uphold Ratko Mladic. It is a right that he is being held accountable for his heinous crimes against civilians, including the 1995 killing of thousands of Bosniak men and boys in Srebrenica.
NATO helped end two ethnic wars in the Western Balkans in the 1990s and close a dark and shameful chapter in European history. The region remains strategically important to our Alliance. “We will continue to contribute to stability and security throughout the Western Balkans, promoting peace and reconciliation.”