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|Updated: 24-Jul-2003||July 2003|
Serbia and Montenegro officials visit NATO
NATO is already cooperating with Serbia and Montenegro in a number of areas, such as defence reform. The talks focused on the conditions Serbia and Montenegro must meet to become a full member of NATO’s Partnership for Peace programme.
Bringing indicted criminals to justice
Speaking at a press conference following the meeting, Lord Robertson said that full cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) remains a key precondition.
He praised Serbia and Montenegro’s efforts to date, particularly the recent arrests of indicted persons, but said more still needed to be done.
Lord Robertson also delivered a stern warning to General Ratko Mladic, indicted for war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina and believed to be hiding in Serbia.
No escape for Mladic
“One thing that General Mladic needs to realize is that there is no escape. There is no statute of limitations, there will be no stop to the campaign to find him and to bring him to trial. So the cowardly route of being a permanent fugitive is a dead end,” he said, adding that General Mladic should consider surrendering himself.
He also said that Serbia and Montenegro is considering dropping their current lawsuit against eight NATO member countries for the 1999 air campaign.