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Reports Say Mladic Negotiating Surrender But Serbia Denies It


http://gdb.rferl.org/BC5B050C-D797-4C3D-872D-FCD81AF2D882_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/BC5B050C-D797-4C3D-872D-FCD81AF2D882_mw800_mh600.jpg Ratko Mladic (left) is one of the most wanted fugitives in The Hague (epa) 21 February 2006 -- The Serbian government is denying several media reports that top war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic has been arrested.

The office of Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica says reports today that Mladic was captured or found are not correct.


The Associated Press -- citing an unidentified senior government official -- said Mladic had been located and authorities were negotiating his surrender. Other media outlets in Serbia and Bosnia reported Mladic was arrested in Belgrade and was being transported to Bosnia.


Mladic, a former Bosnian-Serb army commander, is Europe's second most-wanted war crimes suspect after Bosnian-Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic. Mladic is accused of orchestrating the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in which 8,000 Muslim men and boys died.


The UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague said tonight it had no information on Mladic.


(compiled from agencies)

The Fugitives

Ratko Mladic (left) confers with Radovan Karadzic during a meeting in Pale in 1993 (epa)

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Ten years have passed since former Bosnian Serb leader RADOVAN KARADZIC and his former military commander General RATKO MLADIC were indicted by the Hague-based war crimes tribunal for genocide and other war crimes. The two fugitives remain at large, despite the obligation of NATO-led peacekeepers and the various governments in the region to arrest the indictees and send them to The Hague. Many people wonder why the most powerful military alliance in history and a host of governments seeking Euro-Atlantic integration remain unable to catch the two... (more)


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Coffins of Srebrenica victims being prepared for burial in October (AFP)

SREBRENICA: The July 1995 massacre of some 7,000 Muslim men and boys by Bosnian Serb fighters near the UN-designated safe haven of Srebrenica is the worst atrocity of its kind in Europe since the end of World War II. Since the incident, the name Srebrenica has become practically synonomous with ethnic cleansing....(more)

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