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Hague Tribunal Delays Plea of Serbian General Facing War Crimes Charges

The United Nations tribunal in The Hague has given Serbian General Sreten Lukic 30 days to enter a plea to charges of war crimes in Kosovo.

General Lukic, who arrived in The Hague Monday, sought the extra time to permit a medical examination following vascular surgery last week.

The tribunal has indicted General Lukic and three other Serbian generals on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity against Kosovo Albanians in 1999. One of the three has surrendered voluntarily, the two others are in hiding.

Meanwhile, in Belgrade, Serbia's extreme nationalist Radical Party has filed a motion of no-confidence in the government of Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica to protest the extradition of 11 suspects to the court since October.

The Serbian government says it has encouraged war crimes suspects to surrender to the tribunal.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP.