Serbia asked for Mladic results, not plans

July 13, 2006 at 11:47 AM
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands, July 13 (UPI) -- A U.N. official says The Hague prosecution needs Serbia's results, not promises on the arrest of war crime suspect Ratko Mladic.

Anton Nikiforov, a spokesman for Carla Del Ponte, the U.N. chief prosecutor, told reporters Thursday at a briefing in The Hague he heard about Serbia's "new action plan" to arrest former Bosnian Serb military leader Mladic, Belgrade's B92 radio reported.

"The prosecution is interested only in results. We make assessments on the basis of results and not promises or plans," Nikiforov said.

In response to reporters' queries about a report from Brussels that the European Union could resume association talks with Serbia even if Mladic is not arrested and handed over to The Hague, Nikiforov said he is not aware of any change in the EU stand.

In Brussels, Christina Nagy, a spokeswoman for EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn, said the Serbian authorities have to arrest and transfer Mladic to The Hague before the talks with Belgrade are resumed.

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