Statement by the NATO Secretary General on the affirmation of Ratko Mladic’s conviction
I welcome the decision by the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals to affirm the conviction of Ratko Mladic. It is right that he is being held accountable for his outrageous crimes against civilians, including the murder of thousands of Bosnian men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995.
NATO helped to end two ethnic wars in the Western Balkans in the 1990s, and close a dark and shameful chapter in European history. The region remains strategically important to our Alliance. We will continue to contribute to stability and security across the Western Balkans, promoting peace and reconciliation.