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Chirac Promises To Hunt Down Karadzic.

French President Jacques Chirac visits the Tribunal and says his government will act to catch accused war criminals, especially former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic.

During his visit to the Tribunal last week, French President Jacques Chirac announced that his government "will do everything in order to help secure the arrest of those accused of war crimes, and especially the one who in a certain way embodies ethnic cleansing - [former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan] Karadzic."

When asked whether French commitments to arrest suspected war criminals extended to Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, Chirac replied that Milosevic is the first active head of state against whom an indictment for crimes against humanity had been issued. Chirac said he thought this represented great progress for international justice, expressing the hope that Milosevic will be tried in The Hague.

After meeting the Tribunal's senior officials and judiciary, Chirac expressed his "full support of the work of the Tribunal and full approval of what has been achieved so far. In a short time and despite immense difficulties, theTribunal has imposed itself and responded to the challenge in condemning what is unacceptable in today's world, and especially the crimes linked with ethnic cleansing."

Chirac expressed his hope the Tribunal would persist in the struggle against non-punishability of the perpetrators of crimes against humanity, through effective co-operation with ad-hoc tribunals for former Yugoslavia and Rwanda and support for a permanent International Criminal Court.

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