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EU, Balkan Countries React to Milosevic Death


The European Union says Slobodan Milosevic's death does not absolve Serbia of responsibility for handing over war crime suspects.

Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnick, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, says Milosevic's death does not change or alter in any way the need to come to terms with the legacy of the Balkan Wars.

Serbia and Montenegro Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic says it is a shame that Milosevic was not tried in his own country. Croatian President Stjepan Mesic says he regrets that Milosevic did not live long enough to receive the sentence he deserved.

But a senior official of Milosevic's Socialist Party says his death is a great loss for Serbia. Ivica Dacic alleges that Milosevic was "systematically killed" during his time in The Hague.

Milosevic's brother, Borislav, criticized the tribunal for not allowing the former Serbian leader to get medical treatment in Russia, as the prisoner had requested. Several members of the Milosevic family live in Russia.

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