Updated: 04-Jan-2000 NATO Press Releases


20 Dec.

Statement by
the Secretary General of NATO, Lord Robertson, on SFOR's action against indicted war criminal

On 20 December 1999, SFOR detained Stanislav Galic, who is indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY). He is now being processed for transfer to The Hague. Details will be provided in due course by the operational commanders.

Stanislav Galic is under sealed indictment for war crimes committed between 10 September 1992 and 10 August 1994. Galic was commander of all Bosnian Serb forces comprising or attached to the Sarajevo Romanija Corps. While under his command, the Romanija Corps conducted a protracted campaign of sniper and shelling attacks against the civilian population of Sarajevo. Galic is accused of crimes against humanity, including murder and inhumane acts; and violations of the laws and customs of war, including attacks on civilians and inflicting terror on civilians.

This action was undertaken in accordance with SFOR's mandate that authorizes detention operations for such persons. It was within the mandate given to SFOR by the North Atlantic Council under authority contained in the relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

The parties to the Dayton Peace Agreement remain responsible for cooperating in the investigation and prosecution of war crimes and other violations of international/lhumanitarian law. SFOR will continue to do its part by carrying out its mandate in a firm and even-handed manner.

Persons indicted for war crimes or otherwise involved in war crimes, who are still at large, should realize that they too, will be brought to justice. Once again I call on these people to surrender immediately to the ICTY.

SACEUR, as overall commander for SFOR, has kept me fully informed of this action. I should like to commend the SFOR troops and their commanders for their courage, professionalism and dedication in carrying out this action which will contribute to the continued consolidation of the peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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