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Hague to Serb Leaders: Give Up Fugitives Within 2 Months - 2004-10-04

The United Nations' chief prosecutor has warned Serbia's leaders they must surrender wanted Serb fugitives to the Hague war crimes tribunal before the end of November.

Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte Monday told President Boris Tadic, Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica, and Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic they have two months until she reports back to the U.N. Security Council on Serbia's willingness to cooperate with prosecution efforts.

The Serb leaders told her they want to assist, but the prime minister said cooperation must be weighed against the importance of maintaining political stability.

Ms. Del Ponte has charged Serbia's leaders are not doing their best to find top fugitive Ratko Mladic and others indicted for their actions during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990's. Former Serb general Mladic is wanted in the 1995 massacre of up to 8,000 Bosnian Muslim males in Srebrenica.