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War Crimes Prosecutor Presses Serbia on Mladic

Picture dated 15 February 1994 of Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic. Mladic, fired as Bosnian Serb army commander, formally resigned 28 November, ending an almost three-week standoff that threatened to undermine the Bosnia peace process.
Picture dated 15 February 1994 of Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic. Mladic, fired as Bosnian Serb army commander, formally resigned 28 November, ending an almost three-week standoff that threatened to undermine the Bosnia peace process.

The chief United Nations war crimes prosecutor for the former Yugoslavia says Serbia is not yet fully cooperating in the hunt for fugitive war crimes suspect General Ratko Mladic.

Serge Brammertz, speaking Monday in The Hague, said Belgrade must do more to apprehend Mladic, the U.N.'s most wanted fugitive who went into hiding in 1995.

Brammertz also is quoted as saying it would be "a disaster for the victims" if Mladic is not brought to justice.

The former Serb general faces trial in connection with the 44-month siege of Sarajevo, which left some 10,000 people dead in 1995.  He also is wanted in connection with the 1995 massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica.

Serbia's eventual entry into the European Union is being blocked until Brammertz says Belgrade is fully cooperating with his office in the hunt for Mladic.

Serbian police have repeatedly searched the homes of top war crimes fugitives and their relatives in recent years, but have so far failed to capture Mladic.

His wartime boss, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, is currently on trial in The Hague on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.

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

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