U.N. court believes only in Mladic arrest

May 10, 2006 at 12:22 PM
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands, May 10 (UPI) -- An official of the U.N. tribunal says he will trust in credibility of Serbia's government only when it arrests war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic.

Anton Nikiforov, spokesman for Carla Del Ponte, chief prosecutor of The Hague tribunal, Wednesday told reporters, "We have no dilemma that Mladic is in Serbia."

He said Del Ponte's office will trust in credibility of the Serbian government's reported efforts to arrest Mladic only when Mladic has been arrested, the Belgrade private Beta news agency reported.

The Hague tribunal seeks Bosnian Serb military leader Gen. Mladic on the 1995 charges on genocide and crimes against humanity in the 1991-95 ethnic wars in the former Yugoslavia.

Mladic's responsibility for the 1995 massarce of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica and a 3-year siege and shelling of the Bosnia-Herzegovina capital Sarajevo are also included in the charges.

Earlier this month, Del Ponte said Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica had misled her that Mladic will be arrested and handed over to the Tribunal by April 30.

In protest, the European Union broke off association talks with Serbia-Montenegro May 3.

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