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Conference Prods Serbia To Face War Crimes

1 October 2004 -- Chief U.N. war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, international law experts and human rights activists gathered in Belgrade today to review Serbia's shortcomings in dealing with war crimes committed during the 1990s Balkan conflicts.

The conference on international justice and war crimes was the first of its kind in Serbia, where many consider the UN tribunal in The Hague to be biased against Serbs.

The conference comes amid Western pressure on Belgrade to capture fugitive Bosnian Serb wartime military chief, General Ratko Mladic and about 14 other war crimes suspects believed to be hiding in Serbia.