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War Crimes Suspect Pavkovic Surrenders to Hague Court


Serbian war crimes suspect General Nebojsa Pavkovic has turned himself in to the United Nations Criminal Tribunal in The Hague.

Mr. Pavkovic arrived in The Hague Monday to face charges including murder, deportation and persecution. The Hague court has indicted him on crimes against humanity for the actions of Yugoslav and Serbian troops against Kosovo Albanians in the late 1990s.

Mr. Pavkovic served as Yugoslav army chief of staff for about two years beginning in 2000.

Meanwhile, the European Union has decided to begin negotiations leading to a cooperation agreement , the Stabilization and Association Agreement, between the 25-nation bloc and Serbia and Montenegro. The agreement calls for cooperation in economic, trade, political and judicial matters, but falls short of EU membership.

EU officials say the decision to move forward in negotiations is a result of Belgrade's efforts to hand over more war crimes suspects.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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