US President Joe Biden said that the ruling of Ratcomladic is a historic decision, indicating that the perpetrators of those terrible crimes will be held accountable, and he believes that the leaders of the region will respect the judgment.
The Appeals Chamber of the International Court of Justice in The Hague sentenced the Bosnian Serb wartime army commander to life imprisonment on Tuesday for the most serious war crimes committed in the 1992-1995 Bosnia and Herzegovina War, including genocide.
The White House stated that Biden said the verdict “further strengthens our determination to prevent crime anywhere in the world in the future.”
Among the crimes for which Mladic was found guilty, the President of the United States pointed out the two most serious crimes: about 26 years ago, he ordered the execution of about 8,000 unarmed men and boys in Srebrenica and led The brutal siege of Sarajevo that lasted for several years. “Today, the court confirmed his crime and convicted him of genocide,” Biden said.
He emphasized that the tragedy of the victims of Mladić’s crimes cannot be erased, but he hopes that the sentence will at least give their families some comfort.
Biden said in a statement that the United States has led international efforts to stop criminal activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, bring perpetrators to justice, and establish lasting peace in the country and the wider region.
“Justice and reconciliation are the foundation of future peace and stability, and today’s decision confirms that this is possible. I sincerely believe that the leaders of the region will respect this judgment,” the President of the United States said.
He thanked the United Nations Court for the “unremitting efforts of the past two decades, and thanks to all those who made commitments” for the former Yugoslavia.
Mladic’s final judgment was made by the International Criminal Tribunal Mechanism (MICT), the successor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which sentenced Mladic to life imprisonment in 2017.