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U.S., Serbia Cooperating In Hunt For Mladic

26 July 2004 -- The U.S. ambassador to Serbia and Montenegro says Serbian officials are working with the United States to find and arrest top war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic.

Envoy Michael Polt made the remark today in an interview with Belgrade's Radio B92. He said newly elected President Boris Tadic and Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica are "fully committed to find, arrest, and transfer Mladic to The Hague."

Mladic commanded Bosnian Serb Army forces in the 1992-95 Bosnian war. He has been indicted by the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague in connection with the killing of thousands of Muslims in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre and in the siege of Sarajevo.

Serbian officials have adamantly denied allegations by UN chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte that Mladic is hiding in Serbia with the help of official or army protection.