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UN War Crimes Prosecutor Says Mladic is Still at Large


U.N. war crimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte says she has been told by Serbia's government that top war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic is still at large.

Del Ponte says Serbia is not negotiating the surrender of Mladic, contradicting Serbian media reports that authorities are on the verge of arresting him.

The former Bosnian Serb military commander is accused of committing war crimes against Bosnian Muslims during Yugoslavia's civil war from 1992 to 1995.

The U.N. War Crimes Tribunal has indicted Mladic and former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadic for genocide in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of eight thousand Bosnian Muslim men.

Many Serbs regard the handover of Mladic to the U.N. as necessary to boost Serbia's hopes of joining the European Union. But others view Mladic as a war hero.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.
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