EU urges better Balkan ties after Mladic verdict

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The European Union says it counts on the Balkan nations to honor the victims of war crimes committed in the Bosnian war by promoting reconciliation among neighbors.

It made the statement after former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic was found guilty of 10 counts of genocide and given a life sentence.

The EU said it could not comment specifically on the judgment against Mladic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, but that it fully respects the court’s decisions.

It said that Wednesday’s judgment “touches upon some of the darkest, most tragic events” in the recent history of the Western Balkans and Europe.