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EU To Resume Talks With Serbia Next Week


http://gdb.rferl.org/CAD9EE40-0A6E-4631-BFA1-68D8FAC69A47_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/CAD9EE40-0A6E-4631-BFA1-68D8FAC69A47_mw800_mh600.jpg Zdravko Tolimir (file photo) was arrested on May 31 (AFP) June 7, 2007 -- The European Union will resume talks on closer relations with Serbia on June 13.


Announcing the decision in a statement today, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Belgrade has demonstrated a "clear commitment" to cooperate with the UN war crimes tribunal.


The EU froze talks with Serbia on a Stabilization and Association Agreement -- the first step toward eventual EU membership -- in 2006 because of Belgrade's failure to cooperate with the tribunal.


Today's announcement comes after the arrest on May 31 of Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Zdravko Tolimir.


(compiled from agency reports)

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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