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Yugoslav Foreign Minister says UN warcrimes prosecutor will get visa for Belgrade

Agence France Press, November 16, 2000 (Excerpts)

Carla Del Ponte, the chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), will be granted a visa to visit Belgrade, Yugoslav Foreign Minister Goran Svilanovic said Thursday.

Del Ponte, a former Swiss prosecutor who has applied for a visa to travel to Yugoslavia, "will get a visa without problems," said Svilanovic, but he was unable to give any details over the timing of such a visit.

An ICTY spokesman said Wednesday that Del Ponte would visit Belgrade for the first time by the end of this year....

Last week, reformist Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica, who defeated Milosevic in September elections, agreed to re-open the ICTY office in Belgrade.

But Kostunica reitereated that extraditing Milosevic to face war crimes charges imposed by the ICTY over the Kosovo crisis was not one of his priorities.

Four of Milosevic's allies -- Milan Milutinovic, Nikola Sainovic, Dragoljub Ojdanic and Vlajko Stojiljkovic -- are wanted by the tribunal.

The former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic is also believed to be in Serbia.

(c) AFP 2000 reprinted for fair use only

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