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War Crimes Issue Prompts Warning

9 December 2004 -- Serbia and Montenegro Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic warned yesterday that all doors to Euro-Atlantic integration are closed for Serbia-Montenegro because of its reluctance to hand over suspects wanted by the UN war crimes tribunal.

Draskovic told the Serbia and Montenegro parliament that if Belgrade moved to arrest more than a dozen war crimes fugitives sought by the court in The Hague, Netherlands, it could swiftly establish closer ties with NATO and the European Union -- the country's proclaimed goal.

Serbia's President Boris Tadic said later the same day that cooperation with The Hague tribunal is a condition for Serbia's political stability and its European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

Belgrade faces huge international pressure to arrest the suspects, but conservative Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica has been reluctant to do it, citing concerns about the stability of the country.