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Croatia: Interpol Issues Warrant For Former Commander

Zagreb, 13 October 2002 (RFE/RL) -- The international police organization Interpol has issued an arrest warrant for former Croatian Army Chief of Staff Janko Bobetko. He has been indicted by the UN war crimes tribunal for war crimes in connection with the killing of 100 ethnic Serbs during a 1993 Croatian Army operation in central Croatia. Croatian officials have so far refused to hand him over to the UN court.

Croatian Prime Minister Ivica Racan expressed confidence on 11 October that Croatia and the court will resolve the dispute. Racan said he aims to find a solution that will protect the dignity of the court as well as Croatia's interests. Croatian officials say certain parts of the indictment against Bobetko are unacceptable.

The European Union, United States, and NATO have called on Zagreb to hand over Bobetko.