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AFP NATO peacekeepers search Mladic's wartime headquarters in Bosnia

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    http://www.spacewar.com/2004/040701081319.z5a5ga3d.html NATO peacekeepers search Mladic s wartime headquarters in Bosnia SARAJEVO (AFP) Jul 01, 2004 NATO-led
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      NATO peacekeepers search Mladic's wartime headquarters in Bosnia

      SARAJEVO (AFP) Jul 01, 2004

      NATO-led peacekeepers were conducting a search Thursday in the eastern town
      of Han Pijesak, the wartime base of the top Bosnian war crimes suspect Ratko
      Mladic.

      NATO-led Stabilization Force (SFOR) spokesman Marc Hope said that a facility
      in the area of Han Pijesak was being searched with the assistance of the
      Bosnian Serb police, but refused to give details.

      Hope said that the search was "a part of our normal framework operations,"
      to ensure compliance with the 1995 peace agreement that ended Bosnia's
      three-and-a-half-year-long war.

      Han Pijesak, located some 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Sarajevo, served
      during the war as the headquarters of Mladic, the Bosnian Serb military
      commander at the time.

      One of the largest underground military facilities of the former Yugoslav
      army is located there.

      Mladic has been charged with genocide and other war crimes by the UN
      tribunal at The Hague, notably for his alleged role in the 1995 Srebrenica
      massacre of over 7,000 Muslim men and boys and the more than three-year-long
      siege of Sarajevo.

      He is allegedly hiding in neighboring Serbia although officials in Belgrade
      deny this.

      The search comes just a day after 60 Bosnian Serb officials were sacked by
      international High Representative Paddy Ashdown for helping fugitive war
      crimes suspects evade capture.
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