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Milosevic 'had power to end fighting'

Former peace envoy David Owen has told the international war crimes tribunal that former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic failed to use his power to end fighting in the Balkans. Lord Owen, who mediated in Balkans peace negotiations between 1992 and 1995, told The Hague tribunal Mr Milosevic had “strong power” over rebel Serbs in Bosnia and Croatia at the time of the 1993 Vance-Owen peace plan. He said Mr Milosevic “was in charge of a government that could stop them from shelling Sarajevo, stop ethnic cleansing”. “If he would have done that, it would have brought peace to Bosnia two years earlier,” he said. But Lord Owen also gave some support to Mr Milosevic’s claims that he had less control by the time of the massacre of thousands of Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995. Mr Milosevic faces a genocide charge for the Srebrenica massacre among 66 charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Full Story

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