July 20 - European nations react following the arrest of Goran Hadzic, the Croatian Serb wartime leader indicted for crimes against humanity. Simon Hanna reports.
Goran Hadzic arrives at a special court in Serbia after his arrest on Wednesday. The Croatian Serb war crimes fugitive is the last remaining figure sought by the UN war crime tribunal for atrocities committed during the 1991-1995 Croatian war. The news was welcomed in Croatia, where President Ivo Josipovic said the arrest was important but should have come earlier. (SOUNDBITE) (Croatian) CROATIAN PRESIDENT IVO JOSIPOVIC "Of course we would have liked this arrest to have happened earlier, that would have been in the interests of justice. Now it is important and it is in the interest of justice that Mr Hadzic appears before the International Criminal Court and has a fair trial. I believe the victims will get their satisfaction. I any case, this is a contribution to justics and a contribution to better relations between the countries in the region. And I think it is good for Serbia to go through a certain catharsis with regards to developments in the past war." The arrests of Serbia's wartime fugitives is seen as another important step towards the country fulfilling its ambitions to be a member of the EU. In Brussels, the EU High Representative praised Serbia after Hadzic's arrest. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EU HIGH REPRESENTATIVE CATHERINE ASHTON: "I welcome today the arrest of Goran Hadzic. This is an important day for the government of Serbia and the personal commitment of President Tadic. As Serbia moves forward to deal with the problems of the past and moves into the future, a future that I believe has a strong European perspective. Hadzic is charged with ordering the killing of hundreds and the deportation of thousands of Croats and other non-Serbs from the region of Croatia that he took over. Simon Hanna, Reuters.