Saturday, March 11, 2006

Balkan countries sorry Milosevic escaped justice


BELGRADE, ZAGREB, SARAJEVO -- (B92, Reuters) - Serbia-Montenegro Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic said it "is a pity Milosevic didn't face the justice in Belgrade". Milosevic "ordered a few times assassination attempts against my life," Draskovic said.

Croatia said it was sorry the former Yugoslav leader had died in his UN prison cell before being sentenced for his role in the wars in Croatia and Bosnia. "It's a pity that Milosevic did not live through the trial and get his deserved sentence," President Stjepan Mesic's office said in a statement.

All radio and television programs in Croatia flashed the news of Milosevic's death in his cell at the United Nations war crimes Tribunal in The Hague, but few top officials made any immediate comments, Reuters reported.

Bosnia and Herzegovina also said that Slobodan Milosevic’s best punishment for the killings and sufferings he caused to hundred of thousands civilians in the Western Balkans should have been his sentence by the UN court.

"Because of the victims, the truth and justice I regret that the trial against Slobodan Milosevic at the UN tribunal has not been concluded" said chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina presidency Sulejman Tihic.

However, Milosevic's his hard-line supporters in Serbia blamed the UN tribunal, which had refused permssion for him to go to Russia for treatment, for his death.

"We expect the tribunal to explain how was it not possible, and why they did not let him have treatment in Russia," said Serb Socialist Party official Zoran Andjelkovic.

And Mr Milosevic's brother Borislav was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying that the international war crimes court was "entirely responsible" for his death.

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