Last week, at a hearing set up by the European Parliament on the Bosnian rape cases, I asked the newly appointed head of the war crimes tribunal whether Slobodan Milosevic and Vojislav Seselj would be among those brought before the tribunal. The answer was negative. It was understandably so, for with whom do you negotiate if the elected President of Serbia and the head of the Serbian radical party, an acknowledged paramilitary and 'ethnic cleanser', are brought to trial?
It is time we stopped shadow boxing and started to say what we mean and intend to do. If we do not, our plans and our threats of action will increasingly be taken as of no account. This in turn will be harkened to by forces of nationalism and reaction in central European countries outside ex-Yugoslavia, and they too will believe that they can act with impunity.
MEP for East Sussex (Con)
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