The EU Presidency welcomes the arrest of Zdravko Tolimir, a suspected war criminal indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 31 May 2007. The ICTY charged Mr Tolimir in 2005 with crimes against humanity and war crimes connected to the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. He now has to be transferred without delay to the Criminal Tribunal in The Hague.
In particular, the EU Presidency welcomes the cooperation between the security authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Serbia which led to this arrest. The two states have thus again proved their readiness to cooperate with the ICTY.
Following Tolimir's arrest, the number of persons charged with war crimes by the ICTY who remain at large has now fallen to five, including Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic. The EU Presidency calls upon Serbia and upon Bosnia and Herzegovina to do everything they can to also arrest these persons and transfer them to the ICTY.