After The Hague Tribunal for the crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia sentenced Ratko Mladic to life in prison, Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic said that “we all knew what the sentence would be”. He appealed to citizens of Serbia to start “looking into the future”. “We should think where and how our children will live, and how to maintain peace in the region”, Vucic said in Belgrade.
According to Vucic, Serbia “has always been respecting the victims of all peoples”; he added he was not convinced that others have been showing “that kind of respect for Serbian victims”. “But that is not our job, and we will work together with the representatives of our people from the entire region, convinced that we are obliged to create a different future without having the right to forget the past”, Vucic said.
The president has refrained from commenting the verdict against Mladic. “This is not the day for the joy or the sorrow, it is all about the kind of future we want”. Vucic said he was convinced that the Serbian society “would preserve the strength to move on”. He concluded that “we should not justify the crimes committed in the name of Serbs” because those responsible for the crimes against Serbs have not been sentenced…/IBNA