Friday, November 11, 2005
Serb public divided over Karadzic's extradition
BANJA LUKA -Bosnia- Friday – Just over half of the citizens of the Republic of Srpska[Bosnia] who were recently surveyed believe that Radovan Karadzic should be extradited to The Hague.
Results from a survey conducted by Prime Communication, a Banja Luka agency for sociological research, show that a bare majority of the Republic of Srpska’s citizens believe that Radovan Karadzic should turn himself in to the Tribunal, while 47 per cent believe that he should not be extradited.
The survey shows that 51 per cent of the Republic of Srpska’s citizens believe that Karadzic should be extradited, while 49 per cent say that he should not be arrested.
Over 70 percent of the people surveyed believe that a voluntary surrender is the best solution for Karadzic. Thirty-five per cent of those surveyed do not support actions by the Republic of Srpska police which could lead to the arrests Hague fugitives.
The survey was conducted with the participation of 1,770 citizens of the Republic of Srpska who are over the age of eighteen.
On a related subject, B92 quotes Thedore Meron, Hague President,as saying that "The extradition of Mladic and Karadzic and other fugitives is not being asked for by only the international community, it is also in the best interest of Serbia-Montenegro as well to do so.
Serbia has a moral obligation to extradite individuals wanted for horrible crimes" added Meron. According to B92 Meron's visit to Belgrade was kept secret until he and his associates left Belgrade.