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EU to Resume Talks With Serbia on Closer Ties


The European Union resumes talks Wednesday with Serbia and Montenegro on forging closer ties with the Balkan country, despite its failure to arrest fugitive war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic.

Last week, EU Expansion Commissioner Olli Rehn said the bloc would give Serbia another month to arrest General Mladic, after the chief Hague tribunal prosecutor, Carla del Ponte, reported progress in Serbia's cooperation with the war crimes court.

Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica has pledged to arrest and extradite Mladic by the end of April.

EU authorities have repeatedly called on Serbia to arrest Mladic before the next round of talks.

Mladic has been indicted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal for alleged attacks on civilians while serving as commander of Bosnian Serb forces during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s.

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

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