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Serbian Authorities Detain Several Suspects in Connection with Srebrenica Massacre


Authorities in Serbia have detained several former members of a Serbian paramilitary unit who appeared in a videotape showing executions after the Serb capture of the Bosnian Muslim town of Srebrenica.

Prosecutors at the war crimes trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic showed the videotape Wednesday during testimony before the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. About 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed after the 1995 fall of Srebrenica, in eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Serbia's prime minister Vojislav Kostunica (r) talks in Belgrade with Carla del Ponte, left, the chief prosecutor of the U.N. war crimes tribunal
Tribunal prosecutor Carla del Ponte, on an official visit to Belgrade, praised the detentions. She repeated her calls for the arrest of fugitive war crimes suspects, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and his military commander Ratko Mladic.

The president of Serbia and Montenegro, Svetozar Marovic, who met with Ms. del Ponte, agreed on the importance of arresting General Mladic.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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