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Milosevic Calls Seselj as Defense Witness in The Hague


Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has summoned another indicted war crime suspect, Serbian ultranationalist Vladimir Seselj, as a defense witness at his trial before The Hague tribunal.

Testifying about the Kosovo conflict, Mr. Seselj insisted there was no criminal effort to drive members of Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority out of the Serbian Province. Instead, he said both he and Mr. Milosevic had sought a peaceful solution in Kosovo. He also blamed the West for the Kosovo conflict, calling it a pretext for stationing American troops on the territory of what was then Yugoslavia.

Mr. Milosevic faces more than 60 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in the Balkan conflicts of the 1990's. Mr. Seselj faces trial on charges of forming a paramilitary group that killed members of ethnic minorities in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and northern Serbia during the conflicts.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.

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