Politicians comment on Karadžić bust
Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug
BELGRADE, BRUSSELS -- Government ministers and opposition parties have reacted to the arrest of Radovan Karadžić.
Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić, DS, said this morning that the arrest was proof that Serbia is "serious when it comes to her European fate".
He was speaking in Brussels ahead of a meeting with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn.
His party fellow Democrat Defense Minister Dragan Šutanovac said on Tuesday that the arrest of Radovan Karadžić shows that the new Serbian government is determined to honor its domestic and international legal obligations.
"With the arrest of Karadžić, we have jumped over a big hurdle on the pathway toward European integrations," Šutanovac said in a statement received by Tanjug.
"No-one can doubt any more that the government will uncompromisingly resolve the inherited problems," he said.
In spite of repeated calls for his voluntary surrender, Karadžić was detained, the defense minister said.
"I appeal to the remaining indictees to surrender themselves voluntarily, because that is in the interests of the state as well as in their own interests," the minister said.
Šutanovac congratulated everyone who took part in what he called this big and important state task "absolutely aware of the fact that the Hague Tribunal has recently failed to demonstrate that it treats all crimes equally and in a just manner", the statement said.
Speaker Slavica Đukić-Dejanović, SPS, spoke about her party's press release in the wake of the news that one of the two most wanted war crimes fugitives was in custody in Belgrade.
She said the procedure was "difficult", but that "international and domestic law must be respected".
The SPS statement also adds that this party, now in a power-sharing deal with the coalition gathered around the DS in the Serbian government, "still opposes extradition of Serbian citizens although the cooperation with the Hague Tribunal is Serbia's international obligation, while amendments to laws and constitutional solutions since 2000 have created possibilities for extraditions".
"The SPS will consider the circumstance under which Karadžić was arrested and will ask that the public be acquainted with information about the duration of his stay in Serbia under control of the security services."
The Socialists also said that they will not allow themselves to be "subject of political manipulation" since "all the parties in the previous government also supported full cooperation with the Hague, including extraditions".
While in opposition since 2000, the SPS was vehemently opposed to this cooperation.
Last night, the party said that Serbian police, MUP, now headed by SPS leader Ivica Dačić, "had nothing to do with locating and arresting Radovan Karadžić".
New Serbia (NS) leader Velimir Ilić, meanwhile, said that the arrest "came as a surprise", and added that the event represents "a step closer to the EU" for Serbia.
But, he wondered, "what will this EU bring to us".
"I believe the nations should declare itself on entering the EU, rather than one politician or one party doing that," the former infrastructure minister said.
"The Hague Tribunal has acquitted all those who were against Serbia. Ramush Haradinaj and some Croatian generals were set free, too. The Hague Tribunal has not been just when it comes to crimes committed against the Serbs. That court has not been honest toward Serbia," Ilić said.
"The last act of revolt for Serbia was to hide Karadžić and Mladić," he continued, and asked "why obligations toward Serbia are not being fulfilled, while the Serbian authorities fulfill theirs".
Serb Radical Party (SRS) Secretary General Aleksandar Vučić was more blunt in his reaction to the news to say that it is "horrible".
Vučić said Serbia was "on its way to disappear", because President Boris Tadić has started to "consolidate his dictatorship", using Karadžić's arrest "to return favor to those who have helped his form an unnatural government with the Socialists".
According to this SRS official, the first such favor was the return of recalled ambassadors to EU countries, the second the arrest last night, while the third will be "recognition of Kosovo within a year".
"Tadić has done all for Serbia to disappear and for people who are a symbol of patriotism to disappear," Vučić concluded.
Meanwhile, the Liberal-Democrats (LDP) welcomed the arrest in a statement issued in Belgrade, saying that it is "the only way to discover the full truth and face the crimes committed in the name of the citizens of Serbia".
This, according to the statement, is the only way for Serbia to move forward.
"The citizens of Serbia have for years been hostages of the Milošević policy and Hague fugitives who with their hiding jeopardized the interests of the people of Serbia. The arrest of Karadžić is the only way to discover the full truth," the LDP said.
utorak 22.07.2008 | 18:18 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (36) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Radovan Karadžić lived in Belgrade with an assumed identity, and practiced alternative medicine, said Rasim Ljajić.
utorak 22.07.2008 | 17:08 | Source: Blic | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The DS, SPS and LDP will hold talks to elect a new Belgrade mayor by July 28, writes daily Blic.
utorak 22.07.2008 | 16:29 | Source: B92, FoNet, Beta | Comments: (14) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković has called on the remaining Hague fugitives to surrender voluntarily.
utorak 22.07.2008 | 15:48 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (14) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- Olli Rehn says the interim trade agreement between the EU and Serbia should come into force after the Karadžić arrest.
utorak 22.07.2008 | 14:28 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug, VoA, Deutsche Welle | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BELGRADE, BRUSSELS, THE HAGUE -- EU ministers have welcomed the arrest of Radovan Karadžić as an important stage in Serbia’s EU integration.
utorak 22.07.2008 | 13:01 | Source: Beta | Comments: (9) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Boris Tadić says Serbia won’t accept the EULEX mission to Kosovo without a UN Security Council resolution.
utorak 22.07.2008 | 11:39 | Source: Beta | Comments: (21) | Send comment
WASHINGTON -- U.S. President George Bush says the U.S. will support a stable Kosovo that respects the Ahtisaari Plan.
utorak 22.07.2008 | 09:56 | Source: FoNet, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
WASHINGTON, BRUSSELS -- The U.S. has thanked Serbian officials for ordering and carrying out the operation to arrest Radovan Karadžić.
ponedeljak 21.07.2008 | 23:59 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (116) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Hague Tribunal's war crimes indictee Radovan Karadžić is under arrest, the Serbian War Crimes Prosecution has confirmed.
ponedeljak 21.07.2008 | 20:11 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (12) | Send comment
BELGRADE, KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić's proposal yesterday to send recalled ambassadors back has drawn both criticism and praise.
ponedeljak 21.07.2008 | 20:10 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Branislav Belić, DS, has been elected president of the Belgrade city assembly today.
ponedeljak 21.07.2008 | 15:50 | Source: Beta, Dnevnik | Comments: (0) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- German ambassador Wolfram Maas says that Serbia will not be additionally conditioned on its EU integration path.
ponedeljak 21.07.2008 | 14:41 | Source: Beta | Comments: (12) | Send comment
WASHINGTON -- Fatmir Sejdiu and Hashim Thaci are in Washington where they will meet U.S. President George Bush.
ponedeljak 21.07.2008 | 14:25 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE, BRUSSELS -- Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić on Monday sent an official invitation to UNMIK Chief Lamberto Zannier to visit Belgrade.
ponedeljak 21.07.2008 | 14:18 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (13) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Speaker Slavica Đukić-Dejanović, SPS, decided to end today's parliament session and schedule it to continue in 14 days.
ponedeljak 21.07.2008 | 10:27 | Source: Beta, Politika | Comments: (22) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Deputy Prime Minister Božidar Đelić says that Serbia will "never swap Kosovo for EU membership".
nedelja 20.07.2008 | 16:47 | Source: Beta | Comments: (6) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- Serbia will not become an EU candidate this year, according to a French official.
nedelja 20.07.2008 | 16:15 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (26) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia's ambassadors to the EU countries that recognized Kosovo should go back, Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić says.
nedelja 20.07.2008 | 13:33 | Source: Blic, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The SPS refusal to take over Belgrade with the DS means the end of the Cvetković cabinet, an opposition politician says.
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BELGRADE -- A proposal to introduce a temporary constitution of the Belgrade city assembly has been circulated, B92 has learned.
nedelja 20.07.2008 | 11:08 | Source: Beta, VOA | Comments: (31) | Send comment
WASHINGTON -- Fatmir Sejdiu believes that "there are signs Serbs in Kosovo have realized the new reality".
nedelja 20.07.2008 | 11:00 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- SPS leader Ivica Dačić says his party will sign a declaration on reconciliation with the DS at the end of July.
subota 19.07.2008 | 17:13 | Source: Beta, Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The resumption of the Belgrade assembly constitutive session has been scheduled for Monday, says the City Press Service.
subota 19.07.2008 | 13:00 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- NS thinks Boris Tadić’s presiding over the National Council for Infrastructure is a conflict of interest and abuse of office.
subota 19.07.2008 | 12:00 | Source: B92, KIM radio | Comments: (18) | Send comment
GRAČANICA -- The Kosovo Ministry will do all it can to promote reconciliation between the Serbs and Albanians.
subota 19.07.2008 | 11:02 | Source: Beta, VOA | Comments: (20) | Send comment
WASHINGTON -- Senior U.S. State Dept. official Daniel Fried says Serbia must not isolate itself if it wants European integration.
subota 19.07.2008 | 10:18 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (11) | Send comment
NEW YORK -- FM Vuk Jeremić says he has objected strongly to the start of the reconfiguration of the civil missions in Kosovo.
subota 19.07.2008 | 09:44 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (42) | Send comment
WASHINGTON -- Kosovo President and PM Fatmir Sejdiu and Hashim Thaci have held talks in Washington with U.S. Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice.
petak 18.07.2008 | 16:13 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (17) | Send comment
VIENNA -- Interior Minister Ivica Dačić has reiterated in Vienna that Serbia will not accept Kosovo passports.
petak 18.07.2008 | 15:32 | Source: B92, FoNet, Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The emergency meeting of parliament has got under way after a three-hour delay on Friday in Belgrade.
petak 18.07.2008 | 15:07 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
GRAČANICA -- Kosovo Minister Goran Bogdanović is conferring in Gračanica with Serb Kosovo Police Service (KPS) officers.
petak 18.07.2008 | 13:39 | Source: Blic, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The new security services (BIA) chief, Saša Vukadinović, has officially taken up his new duties.
petak 18.07.2008 | 13:19 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (22) | Send comment
NEW YORK -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told his envoy to Kosovo to begin reconfiguration of the UN mission.
petak 18.07.2008 | 11:32 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (12) | Send comment
BRUSSELS, BELGRADE -- EU ministers will next week reaffirm Serbia’s prospects of accelerating her path to the EU and gaining candidate status.
petak 18.07.2008 | 10:00 | Source: Tanjug, Rima | Comments: (27) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA, SKOPJE -- Head of the International Civil Office in Kosovo Pieter Feith expects a new wave of recognitions of Kosovo very soon.
četvrtak 17.07.2008 | 18:44 | Source: B92, FoNet, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (11) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The parliament session in Belgrade today ended without a debate on the announced items of the agenda.
četvrtak 17.07.2008 | 17:20 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The government has appointed Saša Vukadinović as the new director of the security services (BIA).
četvrtak 17.07.2008 | 16:47 | Source: Beta | Comments: (3) | Send comment
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- The mayor of southern K. Mitrovica has accused UNMIK of not honoring a deal over a controversial water pipeline.
četvrtak 17.07.2008 | 15:05 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (13) | Send comment
VIENNA -- French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner says that a complete solution to the Kosovo problem will require time.
četvrtak 17.07.2008 | 14:50 | Source: Beta | Comments: (27) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The govt. has ordered MUP to invalidate all Kosovo stamps in the passports of foreigners entering Serbia via Kosovo.
četvrtak 17.07.2008 | 14:48 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- The UNMIK chief says he does not favor "a territorial distribution of responsibility between UNMIK and EULEX".
četvrtak 17.07.2008 | 13:47 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
MOSCOW -- Serbian and Russian Foreign Ministers Vuk Jeremić and Sergei Lavrov have held talks in Moscow today.
četvrtak 17.07.2008 | 12:49 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (29) | Send comment
POŽAREVAC -- An SPS delegation has laid flowers at the grave of Slobodan Milošević.
četvrtak 17.07.2008 | 11:48 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- Bojan Pajtić has been re-elected Vojvodina’s first minister for another four-year mandate.
četvrtak 17.07.2008 | 10:46 | Source: Beta | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković says he expects Serbia to receive EU candidate status in March or April 2009.
sreda 16.07.2008 | 16:39 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A new BIA chief is to be appointed at tomorrow’s cabinet meeting, Beta reports.
sreda 16.07.2008 | 16:30 | Source: Beta | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Boris Tadić says he will continue pursuing the state policy on Kosovo as long as the existing resolutions are in force.
sreda 16.07.2008 | 15:26 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (9) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Parliament will reconvene tomorrow with an altered agenda, where the Kosovo resolution will be the fourth, not first item.
sreda 16.07.2008 | 13:08 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- While the SPS says the LDP is an unacceptable partner, the two parties are participating together in 3 municipal govts.
sreda 16.07.2008 | 11:59 | Source: Beta | Comments: (27) | Send comment
BRATISLAVA -- Slovak FM Jan Kubiš says the fact only 40 states have recognized Kosovo shows Bratislava’s position was justified.
sreda 16.07.2008 | 10:53 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (37) | Send comment
MOSCOW -- Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić says that he expects Serbia to continue to cooperate with Russia on the international scene.
sreda 16.07.2008 | 10:51 | Source: B92 | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The DS and Liberal Democratic Party have agreed to work together on EU integration.
sreda 16.07.2008 | 09:41 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- The constitutive session of the Vojvodina assembly, where the DS-led coalition has a majority, has been called.