An interview by the Serbian daily newspaper, Politika, with Veselin Šljivančanin - a former general of the Yugoslav army, who was sentenced to ten years imprisonment by the ICTY - violated the ethical obligations that the media must observe when reporting about war crimes.
In finally arresting Ratko Mladic, Serbia has overcome one of the prime obstacles to its European ambitions, whilst strengthening the foundations for peace and reconciliation throughout the Western Balkans.
In light of the ICTY’s verdict finding two Croatian military leaders, Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac, guilty of war crimes, all the evidence points to Operation Storm being sanctioned in the fullest degree by the international community.
Though the prospect of EU candidate status spurred on some very real changes in the region in 2010 - particularly concerning regional co-operation and tackling corruption - several scandals, especially those in Kosovo, threaten to inhibit further progress.
Despite requesting the extradition of Ejup Ganic – which has already damaged relations between Bosnia and Serbia, and will negatively impact this autumn's elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina – it remains far from clear whether Serbia possesses the will to actually try Ganic in court.
In spite of largely positive assessments from the ICTY's chief prosecutor, the USA and Amnesty International concerning co-operation with The Hague Tribunal, The Netherlands remains unwilling to soften its stance towards unblocking Serbia's SAA and interim trade agreement with the EU.