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Brussels blog by some wire service journalists

Arrest clears way for Serbia’s EU membership talks


BRUSSELS — The arrest of the last Serbian international war crimes fugitive removes the final obstacle for the opening of accession talks between Serbia and the European Union.


Goran Hadzic, who was part of the rebel administration in an eastern region of Croatia, had sought refuge in neighboring Serbia after the enclave was handed back to Croatia in the mid-1990s.

His arrest comes two months after Serbian police hunted down Ratko Mladic, the notorious commander of the Bosnian Serb army.

Serbia’s government has made EU membership its top foreign policy priority. But the EU had repeatedly blocked the granting of candidate status — a step toward full membership — to Serbia until Mladic was apprehended.



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