Serbian Hunt for War Crimes Suspect Mladic Will Continue, Cvetkovic Says

Serbia will continue the hunt for war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic, regardless of his family seeking to declare him dead, Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic said.

“I can assure you the search for Mladic won’t stop, no matter what,” Cvetkovic said in Ljubljana today after meeting Slovenian officials including Prime Minister Borut Pahor.

Mladic’s family said it will file a motion to a court in Belgrade to pronounce him dead because of “persecution on a daily basis,” Radio Televizija Srbija, the public broadcaster said yesterday.

Serbia, the largest of the former Yugoslav nations, needs to apprehend Mladic to help accelerate its drive to join the European Union. The United Nations war crimes tribunal accuses Mladic, a former commander of the Serbian army in Bosnia- Herzegovina, of being responsible for the of killing more than 7,000 Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995, the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II.

Radovan Karadzic, the political leader of Bosnian Serbs, is being tried at the Hague court after being apprehended in 2008.

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