Timeline: The Political Life of Radovan Karadzic

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was arrested Monday on charges related to genocide and war crimes during the Bosnian war. He had been living as a fugitive for more than a decade. Here's a timeline of key events in his life.

June 1945 — Karadzic is born in the former Yugoslav Republic, in what is now Montenegro.

July 1990 — Karadzic co-founds the Serbian Democratic Party, a Serbian nationalist party in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

January 1990 — Slovenian and Croatian delegates walk out of a Yugoslav Communist Party Congress, presaging the breakup of the Yugoslav Federation over the next few years.

October 1991 — Karadzic leads a move to create "Serb autonomous provinces" in Bosnia, which were represented by a separate Serb assembly.

February/March 1992 — Bosnian Serbs boycott a referendum in which the country's Muslims and Croats vote to declare independence from Yugoslavia.

April 1992 — The United Nations recognizes Bosnia as an independent state. Bosnian Serbs lay siege to the capital city, Sarajevo.

May 1992 — Karadzic is named first president of the Bosnian Serb Republic.

Summer/fall 1992 — The Bosnian Serb army and Serb paramilitary groups go on to occupy about 70 percent of the country. Serb forces systemically drive Muslims from the towns and villages they capture, a process they call "ethnic cleansing."

April 1993 — The U.N. declares "safe havens" in six cities in eastern Bosnia, including Srebrenica and Gorazde. People in these towns are declared to be under the protection of peacekeepers.

February 1994 — NATO becomes involved in enforcing a U.N. no-fly zone over Bosnia. NATO jets shoot down four Serb aircraft over central Bosnia.

March 1995 — Karadzic orders his army to tighten the siege on Srebrenica, already facing a humanitarian crisis because Serb forces refused to let supply convoys enter the city.

July 1995 — Serb troops occupy the U.N. "safe haven" of Srebrenica. Serb forces round up about 8,000 Muslim men and boys and slaughter them.

Summer 1995 — The Bosnian Muslim-Croat alliance launches an operation that re-captures much of western Bosnia from the Serbs.

September 1995 — NATO expands air strikes against Bosnian Serb forces and infrastructure.

November 1995 — The war ends with the Dayton Peace Agreement, reached after U.S.-backed negotiations.

1996 — Karadzic goes into hiding to avoid international warrants for his arrest.

July 2008 — Karadzic is arrested in Serbia by security forces.

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