Celebici, Bosnia; 1 March 2002 (RFE/RL) - NATO troops today are again blocking access to a southeastern Bosnia village where they unsuccessfully sought to detain accused war criminal Radovan Karadzic yesterday. Reuters reports that the road to the village of Celebici today is blocked by German soldiers from Bosnia's NATO-led SFOR peacekeeping force. The soldiers refused to give the news agency any information about their mission.
NATO said yesterday that it failed in an early-morning effort to capture Karadzic after responding to intelligence reports that he was near the village of Celebici in the Republika Srpska.
A NATO spokesman said later that the failed raid had nonetheless sent a message to Karadzic that "the net is closing in on him."
Karadzic, the former Bosnian Serb wartime leader, is one of the UN war crimes tribunal's most-wanted suspects.