Wednesday, 02 April 2008 10:42This morning at approximately 0530 at the request of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), EUFOR conducted a search operation in the premises of Dragan Draskovic in Krupac with the aim of finding material or information which could assist the ICTY in the ongoing search for and capture of persons indicted by The Hague Tribunal for War Crimes and putting pressure on networks believed to be involved in protecting these persons. The operation was supported by NATO and was closely coordinated with the ICTY. This operation is legally based upon the mandate of the ICTY, EUFOR and NATO under the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions and the General Framework Agreement for Peace (GFAP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is believed that this person is associated with the Radovan Karadzic support network.
The local police, RS MuP, were informed of the operation and provided support. We would wish to emphasise that the initiation of this operation and significant elements of the security are being performed by the RS MuP. We commend them for their professionalism, courage and commitment.
EUFOR is heartened to see Mr Ljajic (President of the Serbian National Council for Cooperation with the ICTY) announce that the Serbian authorities were close to catching Zupiljanin in the last week of March. This is in addition to the pleas from the Zupiljanin family who wish him to give himself up.
It has recently been announced that there are rewards on offer from both the US and Serbia for information leading to the capture of the war criminals. Serbia has put up a number of rewards, including Euro 250000 for Zupiljanin.
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