BANJA LUKA – Serb member of the Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina Mladen Ivanic said Friday that the verdict rendered against Radovan Karadzic at The Hague tribunal was not contributing to reconciliation but rather to radicalization of the situation in the country.

Ivanic told a press conference that The Hague tribunal had not given an answer to the question of why no highly positioned people had been convicted for crimes against Serbs.

“It will certainly be used by radical elements, especially among the Bosniaks, as proof that only the Bosniaks were the victims,” said Ivanic.

Ivanic said he hoped that the tribunal would soon cease to exist.

What is encouraging is that this judgment has not caused a great euphoria with the Bosniak politicians, but it is discouraging that some NGOs showed great euphoria, Ivanic said.

Ivanic said he would not comment on the details of the judgment to avoid doing a disservice to the defense, who were now preparing an appeal, but he was sure that the judgment would not have any negative implications for Republika Srpska (RS).

“I expect that the RS government will make its resources available to the family of Radovan Karadzic, to help prepare the appeal against the verdict,” said Ivanic.