The Southeast European Times covers in succinct tones the Euro-frustration that has put Serbia, once again, behind the crosshairs of a foreign ultimatum.
"Full co-operation with the tribunal must be achieved to ensure that the negotiations are not disrupted," the European Council said in a statement. It called on both Serbia-Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina "to take decisive action to ensure that all remaining fugitive indictees, notably Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, are finally brought to justice without delay."
"Without delay" means by the end of March, and "disruption" means "suspension of Serbia-Montenegro's talks on a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA)" with the EU. Note the tricky timing that prevents Montenegro from voting their way out of their fair share in the onus. It is an onus, of course, which ought to be shared, though Serbia clearly shoulders the worst of it; the Srpksa is the spawn of Belgrade and -- however much of an embarrassment for the Western world it is for a former European poster child on the level of Belgium to now be coerced a fourth time (Austria, Germany, NATO, EU) -- the fugitives absolutely and unconditionally must be surrendered, for the very practical reason that it cannot do for Serbia to be left out of Europe much longer.
This European action follows, as I observed in December, on the bust of Croatian thug Ante Gotovina: that involuntary "rendition" set the standard for this arm-twistedly "voluntary" one. Here as in the case of Iran, effective stonewalling by a supposedly weaker power has prompted a progressive stiffening of resolve that comes off rather much more like a sniffening. But, like everything else, the proof is in the pudding, and results are results: we need the awkward and dangerous disorderly pocket of Euro-disenfranchised Serbia reintegrated with all deliberate speed.