Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by CC_TA, Feb 21, 2006.
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Sky News reports;
Ratko Miladic just been pinged near Tusla.
Fascinating. Any indication who by?
One down, one to go...
Not too sure if it was the Child Support Agency or the Probation service, I'm sure the yanks will try and get the limelight somewhere alone the line!
BBc says it is a Serbian operation.... In Tuzla?
Reports say he was pinged and is being taken to the Hauge via Tuzla.
Arrests of Miladic are now being denied - Maybe the Americans are involved!
...either that or Bin Laden is his get away driver!
It's on all the wires but being denied by the Serb Prime Minister. Lets hope they have got him.
Latest from the BBC:
That was the usual route when the Septics were there, they had a SF compound on the base where the detainees were held before they flew to The Hague.
Who is in Tuzla now that its an EU operation and the septics have gone home ?
- memories of the "Pink Palace" !!
AP News - "War Crimes Fugitive Believed Cornered" (in Serbia)
I dunno - we have been round this buoy before, but there MIGHT just be something in it this time. On the other hand it could just be a clumsy attempt by the authorities to show that they are doing their best, followed by a Houdini-like escape into the Balkan darkness.
Some interesting reading here
It would be great if it is true!
Sorry wrong link. This will have to do:-
"Net Closing on War Crimes Fugitive"
"War crimes fugitive Gen Ratko Mladic, charged with genocide for his role in the Bosnian war, has been located and authorities are negotiating his surrender, according to a senior Serbia-Montenegro security official.
Mladic "has not yet been arrested,'' said the official, who is close to the operation to locate Mladic.
State news agency Tanjug, quoting Bosnian Serb BN television, had earlier reported that Mladic was arrested and was ''being transported'' to the US-run air force base in Tuzla, eastern Bosnia. Mladic was to be flown to the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, the report said.
The private Beta news agency said Mladic was found on Cer Mountain, some 60 miles west of Belgrade on the border with Bosnia. Beta did not cite its source.
But Srdjan Djuric, spokesman for Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica, said Mladic had not been arrested. He called the report a "manipulation'' to derail the government's efforts to detain the wartime Bosnian Serb army commander.
Serbia is under intense pressure from the European Union and the US to capture Mladic, who has been charged by the war crimes tribunal of genocide for his troops' massacre of 8,000 Muslim boys and men in Srebrenica and for the 1992-95 siege of the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo.
EU officials had given Serbia until the end of February to hand Mladic over to The Hague, and threatened to freeze EU membership talks otherwise."
Sorry, but don't have time to provide a fuller account. Background to story as follows:
Serbian Gvt have been 'negotiating' through a number of intermediaries with Mladic to turn himself in voluntarily. A sum of US$ 5 million has been offered to his family (supposedly raised by the serbian diaspora) should he come forward. A deadline was set for this to happen, and it expired last week.
Serbian Gvt immediatly tightened the screws. A number of his 'associates' have suddenly found themselves without jobs (mainly army and state security officials), pensions frozen, etc. etc. For the first time, ICTY detectives have been 'welcomed' to join in their pursuit. Kostunica (the PM) has effectively now lost patience with the man, and feels the political situation is Serbia is 'stable' enough to effect a forceable arrest should they be able to locate and aprehend him relatively peacefully.
Latest story broke in Belgrade by AP some hours ago on the basis of an anonymous tip-off. My contacts, for what they're worth, suggest that the person who gave the tip-off is NOT as close to the situation as AP has you believe. That (suspected) person is close - but outside - the information loop on this one. He is also a political opponent of the current government, and it is believed a supporter of nationalist forces who are keen NOT to see Mladic sent to the Hague. Read into that what you will...
A part-acurate story having broken, the Serbian Gvt was forced to comment on the record, and have outright stated that he has NOT been either: transfered to Tuzla, the Hague or even been arrested. Said spokesman has also pointed out that the story's outing has damaged a 'real' mission to locate Mladic - as well as Serbia political credability.
Whispers last week suggested Mladic was on the point of being arrested in Russia, and Bosnia!
Some whispers today suggest an operation to locate Mladic is ongoing in the Tuzla are of Bosnia. Unlikely if Serbian forces are taking part - as opposed to Republika Srpska forces.
Other whispers today suggest that the 'real' operation, to positively locate Mladic, is being conducted in and around Mt Cer (NE from Loznica) with Serbian and ICTY officials cooperating.
Make of this what you will.
I'd say the near Tuzla bit is a red herring, given that its in the Federation rather than Rebublika Srpska. Hope they get him tho. The political situation looks a lot better.
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