The head of the White House stressed that the decision will help prevent new atrocities.
“Almost twenty-six years ago, Ratko Mladic ordered the execution of about 8,000 unarmed men and boys in Srebrenica. He also led the brutal years-long siege of Sarajevo and was responsible for many other crimes,” the president recalled in a statement. – Today, the UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague confirmed the decision to find him guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. This historic decision shows that those who commit terrible crimes will be brought to justice. It also strengthens our shared resolve to prevent future atrocities anywhere in the world.”
“The United States has helped lead international efforts to end the atrocities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, to bring to justice those who committed crimes there and in other parts of the former Yugoslavia, and to establish lasting peace in that country and the region as a whole. We are grateful to the UN tribunals for their tireless work over the past two decades in cases related to the conflict in the Balkans, as well as to all those whose dedication made this decision possible,” the President said.
“Justice and reconciliation are the foundation of peace and stability in the future, and today’s decision is also an important confirmation that this is possible. I sincerely hope that the leaders in the region will respect this decision and confirm its importance for the rule of law,” he added. President Biden expressed support for the families and friends of the people who died as a result of the atrocities committed by Mladic: “We will never be able to erase the tragedy of their deaths, but I hope that today’s decision will bring comfort to all those who mourn.”