A prosecutor at the war crimes trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic in The Hague has accused the defendant of trying to prolong the proceedings for self-promotion.

Prosecutor Geoffrey Nice made the comment Thursday, as Mr. Milosevic sought additional time beyond the 150 days the court has allotted for his defense.

The former Yugoslav president wants to call hundreds of witnesses, including British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Mr. Milosevic's trial began in 2002 and has been repeatedly delayed because of concerns over his health.

Mr. Milosevic is charged with war crimes and genocide from conflicts in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.  He has refused to recognize the tribunal and is conducting his own defense.

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