Slovak PM: Establish responsibility for NATO bombing

BRATISLAVA -- Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has welcomed the news of the arrest of Radovan Karadžić.

Fico warned however that it was necessary to establish responsibility for the deaths of a great many civilians during the 1999 NATO airstrikes against Serbia.

“It is very good that investigations into all war crimes are taking place. Everybody who is responsible for brutal treatment and murder will be prosecuted and eventually convicted,” the Slovakian prime minister told a press conference in Bratislava.

However, Fico warned that an investigation was needed into the crimes against civilians during the bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999.

“I think we need to see whether someone was responsible for the deaths of so many civilians in Serbia during the bombing. That’s my view,” stressed Fico, the Slovakian TASR news agency reports.

Earlier today, the Slovakian government welcomed the arrest of Karadžić, and said that it was a huge success for the new democratic Serbian authorities, and proof that Serbia was taking cooperation with the Hague Tribunal seriously.

At the meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Brussels, Slovakia advocated that the Stabilization and Association with Serbia should be ratified immediately.

The Polish Foreign Ministry also stated yesterday that Karadžić’s arrest attested to Serbia’s determination to fully cooperate with the Hague.