bosnia report
New Series No:32-34 December - July 2003
 
Assassination in Serbia - contrasting responses
by Misha Glenny/Nina Bang-Jensen

‘Misha Glenny, a journalist and historian of the Balkans, said it was essential that international officials now recognize the dangers of forcing the politicians they trust most into a corner. "The obsession of Western media and governments with the war-crimes tribunal and Milošević is incredibly myopic," Glenny said, arguing that unless Serbian leaders were offered incentives to comply with Western demands it would be difficult to expect progress on war-crimes issues. "The people already sent to The Hague, including Milošević, are there because of Đinđić," he said. "Now he is dead. And he may be dead because he was trying to comply with an American deadline to hand over Mladić before June." ’

Quoted from Daniel Simpson, ‘Rudderless Serbs look to the West to rebuild’, The New York Times, 14 March 2003

 

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‘Journalist Misha Glenny suggests that prime minister Zoran Đinđić's assassination may have resulted from demands for Serbian cooperation with the war-crimes tribunal. It is well known that fugitive war criminals are intimately intertwined with the mafia, the police and the military. Is he suggesting that Serbia would be better off if Slobodan Milošević was still in power? American pressure provides reformers with cover to undertake tough challenges. Renewed support from Washington and Europe can help significantly.’

Nina Bang-Jensen, Coalition for International Justice, International Herald Tribune, 20 March 2003

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