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Serbia Misses EU Deadline for Arresting Mladic


A European Union deadline for Serbia to hand over fugitive war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic to the Hague tribunal has passed with Mladic still at large.

The Union has threatened to suspend talks on possible membership if Serbia and Montenegro fails to arrest one of the War Crimes Tribunal's top suspects.

EU enlargement chief Ollie Rehn says he will hold talks with tribunal officials Wednesday on the situation.

Chief war crimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte says Mladic is in Serbia and within easy reach of authorities.

News reports earlier this year said Mladic was negotiating his surrender.

Mladic was Bosnian-Serb military leader during the Balkan wars in the 1990s.

The tribunal has indicted him and former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic for genocide for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of about 8,000 Muslim males.

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