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Yugoslavia: Government Calls For Indicted War Criminals To Surrender

Belgrade, 17 April 2002 (RFE/RL) -- The Yugoslav government today called on all war crimes suspects indicted by the UN tribunal at The Hague to turn themselves in voluntarily within three days. The government said that after that time, the Justice Ministry will submit the indictments to Serbian and Montenegrin ministries to begin implementing a new law on war crimes suspects.

Last week, Yugoslavia adopted a law on cooperating with the war crimes tribunal in The Hague. The tribunal's chief prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte, is expected to visit Belgrade tomorrow to meet the federal justice and foreign ministers.

Del Ponte is in Sarajevo today as part of a regular visit to the region. She is scheduled to meet with the UN's high representative in bosnia, Austrian diplomat Wolfgang Petritsch, in Sarajevo, as well as Bosnia's foreign minister and chief prosecutor.