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OSCE says Milosevic death makes timely Mladic handover less likely

[JURIST] A new report issued Tuesday by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe [official website] says that a resurgence in Serb nationalism evident after the death in detention of ex-Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] makes it unlikely that fugitive Bosnian Serb war crimes indictee Ratko Mladic [JURIST news archive] will soon be handed over to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website]. The European security organization said that the circumstances of Milosevic's death, coming after the suicide of the convicted Milan Babic, former wartime leader of Croatia's rebel Serbs during the Balkan wars, "will not improve the credibility of the tribunal among the Serbian public." The European Union has threatened to suspend negotiations with Serbia on joining the Union if Mladic is not handed over by March 31. The next round of negotiations was scheduled to take place April 5.

Milosevic died at The Hague [JURIST report] earlier this month from a heart attack [JURIST report] in the fifth year of his genocide and war crimes trial before the ICTY. He was buried this past Saturday after a farewell in Belgrade that drew tens of thousands. The Irish Examiner has more.

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