May 26 - The arrest of war criminal Ratko Mladic dominated the first day of meetings of leaders from the world's most powerful countries. Deborah Gembara reports.
As the Group of Eight leaders gathered in the French coastal town of Deauville, news broke that Serbian police had captured Ratko Mladic -- who has been on the run from international genocide charges for more than a decade. French president Nicolas Sarkozy welcomed the capture of the former commander of Bosnian Serb forces. SOUNDBITE: French president Nicolas Sarkozy saying (French): "Serbia is a country which has suffered a lot but by the fact that Serbia is handing over the one who is suspected of humanitarian crimes is a great piece of news." Mladic was indicted by an international war crimes court in 1995 for the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the town of Srebrenica and the brutal 43-month siege on Sarajevo. German Chanecllor Angela Merkel says she hopes his arrest will bring closure to the victims. SOUNDBITE: German Chanecllor Angela Merkel saying (German): "Many, many people had to wait for this for a long time and that's why this is good news for these people. Surely this is one hurdle Serbia took on the way to the European Union. Serbia has a Europen perspective. We always said that. But the arrest of Mr. Mladic was urgently required and so this is an important step." British Prime Minister David Cameron also weighed in on the news. SOUNDBITE:British Prime Minister David Cameron saying (English): "He is accused of the most appalling war crimes both in terms of what happened in Srebrenica but also in Sarajevo. Let's wait until these reports are confirmed, but there's a very good reason why the long arm of the international law has been looking for this man for such a long time." While Mladic has dominated day one ... other issues expected to be on the G8 agenda include nuclear security and climate change. Deborah Gembara, Reuters.