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Beara handover part of "war crimes test" for Serbia

[JURIST] By handing over Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Ljubisa Beara to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] this weekend [JURIST report], Serbia passed a deliberate cooperation test set by ICTY chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte.

Belgrade radio station B-92 reported Monday that del Ponte set the test in order to determine whether the Serbian government remains sincere in its efforts to comply with international justice, despite prior delay and reluctance by Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica. Del Ponte is scheduled to report to EU foreign ministers Monday on Balkan states' cooperation with the UN-backed war crimes tribunal. Reuters has more.

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