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Karadzic capture: Readers react

Readers in Serbia and Bosnia-Hercegovina have been reacting to the capture of Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic in Belgrade.

Here they tell us how people in the region are adjusting to the news and share their own personal stories from the conflict.


I am disappointed and saddened at the events of the last couple of days.

I don't think Karadzic is a hero, but no one was innocent in that war.

Milica Milivojevic
Try telling any Serb that The Hague is a true international court. It is not and it is illegitimate
Only Serbs are being prosecuted and that's not right.

If Karadzic is being sent to The Hague, then others from all sides of the conflict should too.

Naser Oric [ex-commander of Bosnian Muslim forces in Srebrenica whose conviction was quashed in The Hague] was let go, as was [former Kosovo Albanian Prime Minister] Ramush Haradinaj.

Where is the justice there? It's unfair that only Serbs are being punished.

It was a war. People were affected on all sides. I still have family members who are missing.

Try telling any Serb that The Hague is a true international court. It is not and it is illegitimate.

There should be peaceful protests here against this action by our government to cooperate with The Hague.

Whether Karadzic defends himself or not, he will not receive a fair trial as everyone already thinks he is guilty.

Handing over Karadzic and Mladic is one of the conditions of EU membership, but will Serbia actually be granted membership?

I want to see Serbia become economically stable first and I would like to see an end to corruption, before attempting to join the EU.


Sanja Mihajlovic
Aside from the day Slobodan Milosevic was arrested, this must be one of the happiest days of my life.

I was filled with emotion at hearing the news on Monday night and stayed up all night celebrating.

I lived in Sarajevo during the conflict, and suffered for four-and-a-half years under the terror of Serbian forces.

I am myself a Bosnian-Serb. I was shot in the stomach by a Serb sniper when I was 12, and had to be transported to London for medical treatment. I stayed on there as a refugee, before eventually moving back.

I hope Mladic is next on the list.

Karadzic's arrest should help everyone across this region move on
I think that the trials for these war criminals should be held in Sarajevo, and not in The Hague, because they are locals who committed these crimes against people in their own land.

It would make a big difference locally if justice were carried out here.

But we also realise what The Hague stands for and why prosecutors there want to try him under international law.

Karadzic's arrest should help everyone across this region move on.

Serbia has a new government and this should help them to move one step further towards EU membership. Hopefully it will also move Bosnia-Hercegovina closer to its own membership bid.

We also hope this will bring about long-term and lasting political stability.


People didn't expect him to be arrested like this. Everybody here has quite mixed feelings.

Like most of Serbia, I was very surprised. There was no sign that this was going to happen soon, but I always knew it could happen.

Some people are happy, some are very upset, some don't know what to think.

Goran Pavelovich
Some will see this as a great day for justice... but it is not clear what exactly justice is

It is all people will be talking about for some time. We always talk politics but this is going to be the only subject of conversation at the coffee houses.

Every single family here holds a variety of views. In one family you will find a hardline person and a liberal person. But everybody was affected by what happened at that time.

I was only 11 when all of the conflict started. My whole generation was affected in some way by the war.

In some sense Serbian society is not quite normal. There are real scars from the war.

I know that some will see this as a great day for justice because of the terrible war.

But I think it is not clear what exactly justice is. There are hundreds of thousands of Serbs who have also been displaced from their homeland.

We will have to allow people to really dissect this and see what happens next.


Karadzic's capture is a great thing for us.

He is a war criminal in everybody's eyes. We hope that he will get 30 years in jail for his crimes.

We also hope that Mladic will also be arrested soon.

I don't know how to express my feelings beyond saying that we are all so happy that he is in jail.

I looked around at work and everyone has smiling faces. We have waited for years for this news.

I served for almost four years in the Bosnian army, and I have so many bad memories.

My life in Sarajevo at that time was intolerable with no food, power or water. Nobody can imagine how bad it was.

Every day I saw people die from grenades and snipers.

So this news today is something I am very emotional about.

Almost every day we had contact with Serb forces. Every day was a fight back then.

It was a terrible period in my life and I try to forget it. My life before the war was a normal life. I had everything. Now we are not the same people we were before the war.

I feel very emotional today.

I am still in Sarajevo. There is no point in talking of who is a Muslim and who is a Christian. We are all Bosnian. But we remember those hard times too well.

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