US 'delighted' at Mladic arrest

26th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

The United States said Thursday it was "delighted" with the arrest of war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic and looks forward to his transfer to face trial in The Hague.

"The United States is delighted to hear the announcement of the Serbian government that they have captured Ratko Mladic," Ben Rhodes, a deputy US national security advisor told reporters at the G8 summit.

"We look forward to an expeditious transfer to the tribunal in the Hague," Rhodes said, congratulating the Serbian government and offering thoughts to victims of Mladic's alleged atrocities during the Bosnian war.

Mladic is the most wanted fugitive of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

He has been on the run since 1995 and faces charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for his role in the Srebrenica massacre and the bloody siege of Sarajevo during the 1992-95 war in Bosnia.

© 2011 AFP

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