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Yugoslavia: Minister Says Six War Crimes Suspects Ready For Hague

Belgrade, 23 April 2002 (RFE/RL) -- Yugoslav Foreign Minister Goran Svilanovic says the first six of 23 Serbian war crimes suspects wanted by the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague are ready to give themselves up to the court. Svilanovic said today he hopes some of them will be transferred to The Hague over the next few days.

Among the six who reported to the Yugoslav Justice Ministry today are former Yugoslav army commander General Dragoljub Ojdanic and former Yugoslav Deputy Prime Minister Nikola Sainovic, who are charged with atrocities in Kosovo.

The others are former Croatian Serb rebel leader Milan Martic; Mile Mrksic and Vladimir Kovacevic, indicted for war crimes in Croatia; and Momcilo Gruban, a Bosnian Serb indicted for war crimes committed in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The list does not include the most-wanted fugitives, Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic and his army chief, Ratko Mladic. Svilanovic made the announcement just hours after a Yugoslav government deadline expired at midnight for suspects to turn themselves in or face arrest.