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21 June 2004 by -

The report published by the commission in charge of investigating the massacres committed in Srebrenica in July 1995 has put an end to nearly nine years of denial of responsibility by the Republika Srpska (RS). On 11 June, the RS government, a Serbian entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina, finally admitted that «several thousand Bosnian (Muslims) were liquidated in a manner representing a serious violation of international humanitarian law» in Srebrenica by Bosnian Serb forces, and that «the perpetrators covered up their crimes,» reports the news agency Agence France Presse.

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19 April 2004 by -

The first trial at the special Serbian war crimes court is due to re-open on 27 April amid calls for its abolition and protests over Serbia's lack of cooperation. The trial of six suspected war criminals is a test case for Belgrade, who hopes to be able to transfer more cases from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTR) to its own courts. The six Serbs, who all pleaded not guilty, face charges of taking part in the massacre of 192 civilians and soldiers in Ovcara, Croatia, at the end of 1991. The trial opened on 9 March and was adjourned two days later.

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04 October 2004 by Arnoud Grellier

The sensitive issue of cooperation between Serbia and the ICTY is on the agenda in a meeting on 4 October between the prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Carla del Ponte and Serbian president Boris Tadic, accompanied by his prime minister Vojislav Kostunika. Del Ponte's arrival in Belgrade on 1 October coincides with mounting pressure from the international community for Serbia to do more in its power to hand over war criminals, including the ICTY's most wanted fugitive, Ratko Mladic.

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