15.06.2015

Serbia-BiH relations do not depend on indictments

Relations between Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) cannot be based on legal proceedings launched against individuals who committed war crimes, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic stated on Monday at a meeting with Ranko Skrbic, the outgoing BiH ambassador in Belgrade.

BELGRADE - Relations between Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) cannot be based on legal proceedings launched against individuals who committed war crimes, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic stated on Monday at a meeting with Ranko Skrbic, the outgoing BiH ambassador in Belgrade.

Judicial bodies will decide on the fate of former war commander of Muslim forces Naser Oric, Nikolic said, adding he will not affect the decision in any way, the president's press service issued in a statement.

Oric was arrested in Switzerland on June 10, on an international warrant the Interpol National Central Bureau for Serbia issued against him and three more Bosniaks alleging crimes committed against Serbs in Srebrenica.

"Serbia is committed to preservation of stability in the region and has invested much effort in the last three years to help establish better relations between former Yugoslav countries," said Nikolic, who received Skrbic in a farewell visit.

"This is the policy Serbia will continue to pursue, and we hope that the other Balkan countries, and primarily Bosnia-Herzegovina, will put in equal efforts and help Serbia succeed in making the region once and for all an oasis of stability," Nikolic concluded.