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UN Prosecutor Tells Bosnian Serbs She Wants Results

31 May 2004 -- Chief UN war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte told Bosnian Serb leaders in Banja Luka today that she wants concrete results in the apprehension of fugitive war crime suspects.

Del Ponte spoke to journalists after meeting with Republika Srpska President Dragan Cavic, Prime Minister Dragan Mikerevic, and other officials, telling the media that cooperation with the Bosnian Serb republic had been so difficult in the past few years that the area had been identified as a quote, "safe haven" for fugitives.

Del Ponte said she now believed that the leadership there had the political will to cooperate with the UN court.

The Republika Srpska and the Muslim-Croat Federation are the two entities that make up postwar Bosnia.

Del Ponte is due to travel later this week to Croatia, where today a court opened an appeal hearing for former Croatian general Mirko Norac.

Last March, Norac was sentenced to 12 years in jail for crimes against at least 50 Serb civilians during the 1991 Croatian-Serb war.

The defense is appealing for a retrial and at the same time the prosecution is appealing for a stiffer sentence.