Friday, February 24, 2006

Mladic: Serbia Did Not Know Where He Is.

The Serbian government could capture top war crimes suspect General Ratko Mladic if it wanted to do so, the UN's chief war crimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte said. Ponte said that Gen Mladic was within "immediate reach" of the Belgrade authorities.

Her comments came after a flurry of reports from Serbian media suggesting that the net was closing on Gen Mladic.

Gen MladicThe former Bosnian Serb commander has been indicted over the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. He is wanted in The Hague to face war crimes charges including genocide.

But Dutch Foreign Minister Bernard Bot, who visited Belgrade , said Serbian authorities had told him that Gen Mladic could be ill and trying to negotiate "with his own entourage" over a possible surrender.

However, the Serbian authorities did not know where he was, Bot said.

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