No Balkan reconciliation
The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal has done no favours to the countries of the former Yugoslavia. A quarter-century on, justice has eluded many of the victims of this divisive war.
- Monday, 30 April 2018
After 25 years, the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is about to close its doors. While awaiting the ﬁnal verdict on Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb general accused of masterminding the Srebrenica genocide, reconciliation between the two countries that have replaced the former Yugoslavia still seems a long way oﬀ. But why is the blame for this failure to heal historical wounds so often pinned on the special court? “Some will say that this is a verdict against the Serbian people. My oﬃce rejects this interpretation outright. The blame is Mladic’s and his alone”, claimed Serge Brammerts, the head prosecutor of the ICTY after the ﬁrst verdict was handed down in November 2017, one that sentenced the “Butcher of Bosnia” to life in prison.