Netherlands continues demands of Serbia
Maxime Verhagen demands that Serbia return wanted war criminal Ratko Mladic to The Hague in order to improve their relations with the EU.9 October 2008
THE HAGUE -- Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen says the Netherlands will continue to oppose closer European Union links with Serbia until it returns Ratko Mladic.
The minister was speaking on a visit to Croatia.
The former leader of Bosnian-Serb military forces is wanted for genocide by the UN Yugoslavia tribunal in The Hague, in connection with the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men from Srebrenica in 1995.
In July, Serbia arrested former Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadic and transferred him to the Netherlands to face trial in The Hague.
Belgrade hoped this would improve ties with the EU, but the Netherlands and Belgium blocked proposed trade benefits for Serbia. European foreign ministers will discuss this issue later in October.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]