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TUZLA, Bosnia and Herzegovina — The Stabilization Force’s commander has emphasized the importance of cooperation within Bosnia and Herzegovina and pledged to continue pursuing war criminals.

U.S. Lt. Gen. William E. Ward said that reform is the central challenge for the country and addressed the need for all to work together to enforce criminal codes and laws to deal effectively with crime, corruption and terrorism.

He made his remarks over the weekend during a reception for Bosnian and international officials and diplomats, representatives of Bosnia’s armed forces and religious organizations.

The reception to mark the start of a new year was held at SFOR headquarters at Camp Butmir, near Sarajevo.

SFOR’s top general reiterated his organization’s commitment in the search and apprehension of persons indicted for war crimes.

The two most wanted suspects — Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, the wartime’s top political and military leaders of Bosnian Serbs — remain at large.

“The day will come when these people are apprehended and stand trial for the crimes for which they have been accused,” a press release reported Ward said of the indictees.

Ward reminded his guests that Bosnia is safer and more secure after seven years of the peacekeeping mission than it has been for a very long time. He remains confident that the day is approaching when Bosnia will be a full partner in the European-Atlantic community of nations, according to the press release.

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