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Serbian Media: Talks On Mladic's Surrender Under Way

Ratko Mladic during the Bosnian war Belgrade, 11 June 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Serbian media are reporting that negotiations are under way for the surrender of top war crimes fugitive General Ratko Mladic.

B-92 Radio and Television and the daily newspaper "Politika" both report that talks with Mladic are in progress but give differing accounts as to where Mladic is allegedly located.

But in an interview today with RFE/RL, Serbia's minister for local self-government, Zoran Loncar, denies any such talks are going on. The government has also denied that Mladic has been located.

Mladic -- a former Bosnian Serb military commander -- is wanted by the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.

He has been on the run since the indictment was brought against him in 1995.

(Reuters, AP, RFE/RL's South Slavic and Albanian Languages Service)

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