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ICTY says Croatia now cooperating on war crimes prosecutions

[JURIST] UN chief war crimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte said Monday that Croatia is now fully cooperating [press release] with war crimes investigations by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website], a key turnaround expected to help restart stalled EU membership negotiations [BBC report]. Zagreb's failure to hand over top war crimes suspect Ante Gotovina [ICTY indictment; Trial Watch profile] led to the delayed talks but Del Ponte pointed out that Crotia has for weeks "been cooperating fully with us and is doing everything it can" to apprehend Gotovina. On the run since 2001, Gotovina is believed to have committed war crimes against ethnic Serbs during the Serbo-Croatian war. Authorities in Croatia deny knowledge of his whereabouts. AFP has more.

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