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Yugoslavia: Milosevic Says Croatian Serbs Acted Without Him

The Hague, 4 October 2002 (RFE/RL) -- Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic today denied responsibility for ethnic Serbs who killed non-Serbs in Croatia in the 1990s. Milosevic, then Serbia's president, said during proceedings at his United Nations war crimes trial today that there had been "no aggression" from Serbia at the time. He said Croatia had been in the midst of a civil war and the Serbs there were fighting in self-defense.

Milosevic made the comments while cross-examining a prosecution witness at the trial in The Hague. He is facing charges that Serbs acted on his instructions when they committed war crimes in Croatia and Bosnia between 1991 and 1995.

Milosevic faces more than 60 war crimes charges in connection with his role in the wars in Croatia, Bosnia, and Kosova. He is conducting his own defense.