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Yugoslavia: Djindjic Says Serbia Will Not Extradite Mladic

Belgrade, 23 February 2002 (RFE/RL) -- Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic says that Yugoslavia will not deliver the former Bosnian Serb military leader and war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic for international trial. In an interview to be published in the German weekly "Der Spiegel" on 25 February, Dzindjic said that Mladic's extradition could cause a civil war in the country. He said that there are about 200,000 Bosnian Serb refugees in Yugoslavia and many of them are armed.

The UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia lists Mladic and former Bosnian wartime leader Radovan Karadzic as among its most wanted persons.

The tribunal has accused Mladic of responsibility for the slaughter of thousands of Bosnian Muslims in the town of Srebrenica in 1995.

Djindjic's government handed former Yugoslav and Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic over to the UN criminal tribunal last year, despite objections from the Yugoslav government