SOFIA, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Bulgarian Foreign Ministry
assesses the arrest of the former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic as a
clear signal for the new Serbian government's resolve for efficient cooperation
with the international community, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Dimiter Tsochev
said in a statement on Tuesday.
A combination photo shows Bosnian Serb wartime leader and indicted war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic (L) in an undated recent file photo and (R) attending a parliamentary session in the Republik of Srpska in Bosanski Samac February 13, 1995. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
For Bulgaria, this is an important step towards the
security in the region bringing neighboring Serbia closer to the European Union,
the statement said.
Meanwhile, Solomon Passy, chairman of the Foreign
Policy Committee in the Bulgarian Parliament and former foreign minister, said
the arrest is a relief for Europe.
"The Balkans took a breath after an 11-year
nightmare, and Serbia and Bosnia are revived for a new European life," Passy
"I believe that the accession of Serbia, Bosnia,
Montenegro and all other countries in the Balkans to Euro-Atlantic structures is
expedited. A green light is received for an expeditious integration project, and
I believe this is a very good moment for all of us, for finally overcoming the
legacy of the past," he said.
Bulgaria's European Affairs Minister Gergana
Gruncharova said it is beyond doubt that the detention of Karadzic will
accelerate the process of Serbia's European integration.
"We hope that the processes of opening of Serbia,
including the dialogue with the tribunal in The Hague, will continue and this
will ensure a fast track for the country integration in European structures,"
She noted that Bulgaria views Karadzic's arrest only
in positive terms. "Every fact that brings the countries of the Western Balkans
closer to their European prospects is positive to us," she said.
"At a time when the EU is faced with such issues as
the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, this type of convincing signals help
maintain the horizon of enlargement as a living prospect inside the EU," the
Speaking on a separate occasion, Interior Ministry
Chief Secretary Pavlin Dimitrov commented on Serbian press allegations that
Karadzic had been hiding in Bulgaria saying that there are no data conforming