The British general in charge of the new EU peacekeeping force in Bosnia vowed on Saturday he would get tough to hunt down fugitive war criminals and smash Mafia-style networks supporting them.
«We are going to break some bones,» Major General David Leakey, who commands some 7,000 troops in his European Union force, told the Daily Telegraph in an interview.
Leakey’s troops took over last month from a NATO-led force that was unable over nearly a decade to track down the two most wanted, Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic and his military commander Ratko Mladic, as well as other fugitives.
He praised the peacekeeping efforts of the NATO-led SFOR force but said it had only scratched the surface of groups that war criminals relied on for shelter and finance to evade the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague.
«SFOR made pinpricks across the map, which might have hurt but had very little lasting impact,» said Leakey.
«We want to tackle these networks on an industrial scale. We don’t just want to scratch them.» (reuters)