Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman and Green Party Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Sen. Mark Dearey, have met with members of the Bosnian community, based in Dublin 15, to discuss Ireland’s vote on the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between Serbia and the European Union.
“I recently arranged a meeting between the Green Party Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Sen. Mark Dearey and a delegation from the Bosnian Community, based in Dublin 15. The key issue for discussion was Irelands position on the Stability and Association Agreement that Serbia is currently negotiating with the European Union”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“Serbia is currently in talks with the EU about joining, and a vital step in this process is signing a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA). A condition for Serbia being allowed this far in the accession process is that the country is in full cooperation with the War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. That means handing over the last two wanted war criminals from the war in Bosnia, Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadzic. However, the Chief Prosecutor of the War Crimes Tribunal, Serge Brammertz, has stated clearly that ‘Serbia’s cooperation with the tribunal is not full’”.
“Dublin 15 has a sizeable Bosnian Community, made us of persons who fled the country during the war between 1992 – 1995. There is huge concern that Serbia will be allowed sign the SAA while not fully cooperating in the arrest of the two remaining war criminals, Mladic and Hadzic. I believe that it is absolutely essential that pressure is placed on Serbia to ensure that these men are brought to justice. I have called on the Irish Government to refuse to support the Agreement until the War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia is satisfied Mladic and Hadzic will be handed over”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 4179777