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US to resume aid to Serbia as more steps taken to capture war criminals

[JURIST] US Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns [official profile] said Thursday that the US would release $10 million in economic aid to Serbia that had earlier been frozen due to Washington's unhappiness with Serbia's apparent unwillingness to cooperate with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website]. Read the State Department press release. The change in policy comes as Serbia has stepped up efforts to capture or secure the surrender of the former commander of the Bosnian Serb Army, General Ratko Mladic [ICTY case backgrounder; indictment]. A video [ICTY excerpts via JURIST's Monitor] of six Bosnian Muslims being slaughtered by Serb paramilitaries was recently shown on Serbian television and has turned public and government attention towards the capture of war criminals [JURIST report]. Mladic is wanted on charges of genocide for the deaths of over 7,000 Muslims in Srebrenica [BBC timeline] in 1995. BBC News has more.

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