Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dačić: “Time of Mladić arrest relative category”

Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dačić says Serbia is doing all in its power to arrest the remaining fugitives from the Hague Tribunal, Ratko Mladić and Goran Hadžić.

However, speaking in Belgrade on Wednesday, he added that the time of their arrest was “a very relative category”.

“Serbia wants to close the issue of cooperation with the Hague Tribunal, but when that will happen is a very relative category in police and security issues and we believe those issues should not be connected, because Serbia’s readiness and activity are important, in the sense that it is doing all in its power,” Dačić said in parliament.

The minister underscored that the visit of Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen to Belgrade was a turning point in political relations and a big step forward.

“Several big steps forward have been taken, but in the coming days Serbia is to hold very careful consultations with European partners regarding its further steps,” Dačić said.

He added that those further steps depended on the readiness of EU member states to respond positively to Serbia’s request to apply for EU membership, so as to prevent the move from “turning into the opposite, should the potentially overlong silence of the administration raise the question of whether such moves are justified.”

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