Mladic arrest does not grant Serbia EU entry-Dutch

AMSTERDAM Thu May 26, 2011 8:31am EDT

AMSTERDAM May 26 (Reuters) - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Thursday the arrest of Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic was an important condition for Serbia's entry to the EU, but did not mean automatic accession.

"You need to look at the entire facts around every accession. This was an important element, but it does not mean that digital one-on-one the arrest of this man means accession. It does not work like that," Rutte told Dutch television.

The Netherlands has been one of the most insistent of European Union states demanding the arrest of Mladic before Serbia could be allowed to become a part of the EU. (Reporting by Aaron Gray-Block; editing by Mark Heinrich)

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