Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2001

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: April 1, 2001

Statement on the Arrest of Former President Slobodan Milosevic of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro),
April 1, 2001

I welcome today’s arrest of Slobodan Milosevic, the former President of Yugoslavia. His arrest represents an important step in bringing to a close the tragic era of his brutal dictatorship.

Milosevic was responsible for great suffering throughout the Balkan region. He deserves to be tried for his crimes against the Serbian people. He also deserves to be tried for violations of international law. We cannot and must not forget the chilling images of terrified women and children herded onto trains, emaciated prisoners interned behind barbed wire, and mass graves unearthed by U.N. investigators.

Milosevic’s arrest should be a first step toward trying him for the crimes against humanity with which he is charged. I am confident that Yugoslavia will continue down the path of cooperation with the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal. I am encouraged by the actions that Belgrade has already taken to work with the Tribunal, including its assistance over the last several weeks in transferring two indictees to The Hague. I call on President Kostunica to continue this cooperation and to see that Milosevic is likewise brought to justice.

The United States appreciates the hard job that Yugoslavia faces in building its new democracy. I assure the Yugoslav Government and people that they can count on the friendship of the United States as they continue down the path of democratic and economic reform. We look forward to the day that Yugoslavia is fully part of a Europe that is whole and free and at peace.

Note: In the statement, the President referred to President Vojislav Kostunica, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro).

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Statement on the Arrest of Former President Slobodan Milosevic of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), April 1, 2001," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2001 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, April 6, 2001 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2001), 37:873 Original Sources, accessed April 25, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DBQA8JWAZUXG7XE.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Statement on the Arrest of Former President Slobodan Milosevic of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), April 1, 2001." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2001, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, April 6, 2001 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2001), 37:873, Original Sources. 25 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DBQA8JWAZUXG7XE.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Statement on the Arrest of Former President Slobodan Milosevic of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), April 1, 2001' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2001. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, April 6, 2001 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2001), 37:873. Original Sources, retrieved 25 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DBQA8JWAZUXG7XE.