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Monday, 16 April, 2001, 02:34 GMT 03:34 UK
Full text of Nato statement
S-For soldier
Thousands of S-for troops operate in Bosnia
The full text of a statement by Nato Secretary-General Lord Robertson on the arrest of Bosnian Serb war crime suspect Dragan Obrenovic.

On 15 April 2001, S-For detained Dragan Obrenovic, who is indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY). He is now being processed for transfer to The Hague.

Dragan Obrenovic is under a sealed indictment for war crimes committed between July and November 1995.


There will be no hiding place for anyone accused by the ICTY of these horrific crimes

During this time, acting as commander of the Zvornik Brigades, he is accused of being responsible for the extermination of thousands of Bosnian Muslim males, complicity of genocide, violation of the laws and customs of war, crimes against humanity, and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions of 1949 including murder, torture, and racial and religious persecutions.

Today's action is another step in Nato's drive to arrest the remaining war crime indictees.

Each one sent to The Hague makes it easier to build a lasting peace in the Balkans.

There will be no hiding place for anyone accused by the ICTY of these horrific crimes.

Let today's arrest serve as a warning to those with guilty consciences. It is time to turn yourself in.

Mandate

This action was undertaken in accordance with S-For's mandate that authorises detention operations for such persons.

It was within the mandate given to S-For by the North Atlantic Council under authority contained in the relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

The parties to the Dayton Peace Agreement remain responsible for co-operating in the investigation and prosecution of war crimes and other violations of international/humanitarian law.

S-For will continue to do its part by carrying out its mandate in a firm and even-handed manner.

The Supreme Allied Commander for Europe, as overall commander for S-For, has kept me fully informed of this action.

I should like to commend the S-For troops and their commanders for their courage, professionalism and dedication in carrying out this action, which will contribute to the continued consolidation of the peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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15 Apr 01 | Europe
Bosnia genocide suspect arrested
04 Oct 00 | Europe
UN prosecutor hints at arrests
14 Mar 00 | Europe
Flashback: Srebrenica 1995
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