ANCA Welcomes Arrest Of Indicted Perpetrator Of Genocide

Applauds Serbian Government’s Capture of General Ratko Mladic

General Ratko Mladic

WASHINGTON—The Armenian National Committee of America welcomed the Serbian government’s arrest, today, of Ratko Mladic, a former Serbian General who spent 15 years as a fugitive from justice after being charged in 1995 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia with genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity during the Bosnian War.

“We join Armenians throughout the United States and around the world in welcoming today’s arrest by the Serbian government of indicted genocide perpetrator General Ratko Mladic,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. “The differences between Serbia’s and Turkey’s response to genocide could not be greater: The Serbian government, to its credit, has acknowledged the truth of its own history and accepted moral and legal responsibility for past crimes, while Turkey – with the complicity of the U.S. government – continues to evade the truth and escape its moral and material responsibilities for the Armenian Genocide.”

The White House, earlier Wednesday, congratulated the Serbian government for arresting Mladic. Speaking on behalf of the Obama Administration, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, who is traveling with President Obama at the G8 summit in France, stated that his capture underscores that, “justice will come to those who carry out these types of crimes against humanity, that the international community will be unrelenting in the pursuit of that justice.”

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  1. Satenik said:

    For thousands of Serbs, he is a national hero. According to most British papers this arrest only took place because Serbia wants to get into the EU and it was timed accordingly. Perhaps Armenians should not get involved in this issue as most Serbs will never see Mladic anything other than a hero because of their complex history and forced religious conversion.

    • Armenakan said:

      I agree, we should stay out of this. The Serbian people are one of our few friends, and “condemnations” like this of “national heroes” can only alienate them.

  2. ArdeVast Atheian said:

    It is amazing to me that the Turkish government and its people do not see the ironic parallels between how Christians deal with their own genocidal crimes vs. how Muslims deal with them.
    Muslims celebrate the purging of Armenians from their homeland and expropriating their lands into modern day Turkey with nary a feeling of guilt or remorse.
    Christians however will not condone genocidal retributions nor land reclamations for crimes committed for four hundred years when the Serbs were being systematically massacred with their ancestral lands taken by those invading Kosovo Turks.

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