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Briefly Noted

By Chris Stephen in The Hague (TU 328, 10 October 2003)
By IWPR

Tribunal prosecutor Carla Del Ponte is just days away from making her annual report to the United Nations Security Council. Among other things, she will talk about how Croatia and Serbia are complying with their duty to surrender war crimes suspects.


So far both countries are holding out – Croatia has not handed over general Ante Gotovina, while Serbia has yet to deliver Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic. Both nations insist they have no idea where the fugitives are.


Del Ponte this week appealed to Gotovina to hand himself over voluntarily, but there is little hope that he will do so.


Both Serbia and Croatia could face the threat of economic sanctions if the UN decides they are not complying with the Tribunal.


Chris Stephen is IWPR’s project manager in The Hague.