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Serbian War Crimes Suspect Arrested in Montenegro

A fugitive Serb general indicted for crimes against humanity in Kosovo in the 1990s has been arrested and is on his way to the war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

Authorities say Vlastimir Djordjevic - Serbia's assistant interior minister and a close aide to former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic - was arrested Sunday by Montenegro police. A spokesman for the tribunal for the former Yugoslavia said the arrest came with Serbia's help.

It was the second arrest this month of an indicted fugitive from the Balkan wars. On June 1, the arrest of ex-Bosnian General Zdravko Tolimir prompted the European Union to resume pre-membership talks with Belgrade.

Prosecutors have linked Djordjevic to the forced deportation of 800,000 Kosovo residents and the murder and persecution of hundreds of ethnic Albanian civilians between 1997 and 1999.

Earlier this month, Serbian President Boris Tadic said his government is determined to arrest the tribunal's most-wanted fugitive, ex-General Ratko Mladic.

At the same time, chief war crimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte told a London newspaper that Mladic could be arrested within weeks.

Mladic and Bosnian Serb wartime civilian leader Radovan Karadzic remain the two most wanted war crimes fugitives. Both are thought to be hiding in the Balkans.

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