Bosnia and Serbia reached deal on war crimes cooperation

Bosnia and Serbia reached a deal on Wednesday to enable them to track down and prosecute fugitives suspected of committing war crimes during the 1992-1995 Bosnian conflict, officials said.

The announcement is seen as a major breakthrough in efforts to bring dozens of suspects to justice before local courts at a time when a UN tribunal operating from The Hague is wrapping up its work.

The 1992-1995 interethnic war in Bosnia left some 100,000 dead and almost a half of the pre-war population of 3.8 million displaced.

A statement from the Bosnian prosecutors’ office in Sarajevo confirmed the deal, while adding that an official signing would take place at a later stage.

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