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Former Yugoslavia: Albright Focuses On War Criminals

The Hague, 28 May 1997 (RFE/RL) -- U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said today she is taking a tougher message on war crimes to the leaders of the two former Yugoslav republics she plans to visit this weekend.

She vowed to tell Croatian President Franjo Tudjman and Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic that they risk losing U.S. support by failing to cooperate with efforts to prosecute Bosnian war crimes.

She made the comments today on a quick trip to war crimes tribunal at The Hague, which has indicted 75 suspected war criminals, including former Bosnian Serb leaer Radovan Karadzic and his army commnader, General Ratko Mladic.

Albright warned that "there is no statue of limitation on war crimes." She vowed that Serbia, Croatia and Bosnian Servs would face financial and other penalties until those accused of atrocities are brought to justice.