ABC News' Stephanie Smith reports:
DEAUVILLE, FRANCE — The White House today congratulated the Serbian government for capturing elusive Serbian war criminal Gen. Radko Mladic who had been on the run since 1995.
“The U.S. is delighted,” deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters in Deauville, France where the president is attending the G8 conference.
“We congratulate the Serbian government,” Rhodes continued and saying the U.S. “looks forward” to Mladic’s extradition.
Mladic – the former chief of staff of the then-Bosnian-Serbian army — will be extradited to the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands where he will face charges of genocide in the slaughter of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims by his troops in the small village of Srebenica.
Rhodes stressed that justice is finally being served for the “families who have suffered from violence and tyranny.”
The mass killings happened during the Bosnian war in 1992. the town was supposedly being protected by Dutch peacekeeping troops provided by the UN, but they were poorly armed and their mandate was unclear. when residents of the town sought refuge at a UN military base, the peacekeepers allowed the Serbian army to take them away. They were all shot soon after and dumped in mass graves.