Bosnian Muslim leader criticizes EU over Serbia deal

The Muslim chairman of Bosnia's collective presidency criticised the European Union on Tuesday for signing a deal on closer ties with Serbia while top war crimes suspects remain at large.

Bosnian Muslim leader criticizes EU over Serbia deal
In a statement issued by his office, Haris Silajdzic condemned the signing of a Stabilisation and Association Agreement "although that country (Serbia) still refuses to arrest those accused of genocide committed in Bosnia-Hercegovina" during the 1991-95 war.

"Today's event shows that Serbia enjoys priviligies as no other country," as it failed to strictly fulfill EU-required conditions, he said, adding that the European Union was applying "double standards".

Silajdzic said Bosnia's own EU aspirations were being left behind due to "technical reasons."

Bosnia adopted police reform legislation earlier this month, fulfilling a precondition towards signing its own Stabilisation and Association Agreement with the European Union.

Bosnia remains the only country in the Balkans region without any contractual relationship with the European Union.

Mladic -- along with the Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic -- has been indicted by the UN tribunal for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity over the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica.

Last Mod: 30 Nisan 2008, 17:19
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