- Title: BOSNIA: ITALIAN PEACEKEEPERS SEARCH PALE FOR WAR CRIMES SUSPECTS
- Date: 10th January 2004
- Summary: (W5) PALE, BOSNIA (JANUARY 10, 2004) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. LV ITALIAN SFOR (STABILIZATION FORCES) CHECKPOINT IN PALE 0.06 2. SLV/SV SFOR SOLDIERS SEARCHING CARS, OPENING HOODS (4 SHOTS) 0.46 3. SLV/CU/SV SFOR SOLDIERS IN STREETS, GUNS (3 SHOTS) 1.04 4. SLV SFOR SOLDIERS SEARCHING BUS 1.13 5. CU 'SFOR' WRITTEN ON ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIER 1.18 6. MCU (Bosnian) BOSNIAN WOMAN SAYING: "The line (of cars) is already pretty long, but it seems they are not stopping everybody, it seems they are stopping only suspicious cars." 1.27 7. PAN OF SOLDIERS AT CHECKPOINTS 1.38 (W5) SARAJEVO, BOSNIA (JANUARY 10, 2004) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 8. MCU (English) DAVE SULLIVAN, SPOKESPERSON FOR STABILIZATION FORCES IN BOSNIA: "Acting on information received early this morning, the RS MUP (Ministry for Internal Affairs) and SFOR members began a short-notice operation in Pale to search for a person indicted for war crime and their supporters the SFOR forces involved in this operation include about eighty soldiers from Camp Butmir in Sarajevo. For reasons of operational security, SFOR are unable to release further details on this joint operation at this moment, however what I can say is PIFWICs (person indicted for war crimes) at large represent a major threat to sustain peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina and ultimately to the country's progress and development. They rob the country and the people of their future. The international community expects all signatories to the Dayton peace accord to fulfil their obligation to the accord to include bringing PIFWICs and their supporters to justice." 2.37 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: PALE AND SARAJEVO, BOSNIA
- Country: Bosnia
- Reuters ID: LVA55W597SUNUWA385Q4E1QOU3AL
- Story Text: Italian peacekeepers search Pale for war crimes
Italian peacekeepers searching for war crimes
suspects raided a hospital in the Bosnian Serb wartime
stronghold of Pale on Saturday (January 10) and deployed
near buildings linked to leading fugitive Radovan Karadzic.
"Acting on information received earlier this morning...
SFOR began a short-notice unannounced operation in Pale to
search for indicted war crimes suspects and their
supporters," said Dave Sullivan, spokesman for the
Stabilisation Force based in Sarajevo.
In Pale, 16 km (10 miles) southeast of the Bosnian
capital, Italian paramilitary carabinieri in three vehicles
were deployed in front of the house where Karadzic's wife
Vehicles were also standing in front of a local radio
station run by Karadzic's daughter, while peacekeepers
inspected civilian vehicles at checkpoints at entrances to
Sullivan declined to say whether Karadzic was a target,
but said 80 NATO soldiers from a special unit based in
Sarajevo took part in the operation to ensure suspects who
had been active in the 1992-5 war did not leave the area.
Karadzic and his military chief Ratko Mladic are
indicted on charges of genocide by the U.N. war crimes
tribunal in The Hague for the siege of Sarajevo and the
1995 massacre of up to 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica. Both
have been on the run for years.
SFOR conducted several operations last year to capture
Karadzic and Mladic but failed to find either of them.
Karadzic is believed to be hiding in eastern Bosnia and
neighbouring Montenegro, and Mladic is reported to be in
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