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U.N. Seeks Talk With Croat General

November 6, 2002

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ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) _ Investigators from the U.N. war crimes tribunal want to question a retired general who headed the army’s intelligence services during Croatia’s war for independence, the officer said Tuesday.

Davorin Domazet said that he would make himself available for the interview, which was expected within 10 days. He said he received a letter from the tribunal, but ``it does not specify what I am suspected of.″

Croatia’s government has been under intense pressure from the West to cooperate with the tribunal, based in The Hague, Netherlands. But it faces fierce opposition from war veterans and nationalists who consider the military leaders heroes in a struggle for independence and deny war crimes were committed by their side.

Croatia fought a war with its minority Serbs after they rebelled against Croatia’s decision to declare independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Serbs seized a third of Croat territory before the government recaptured the lands in two offensives in 1995.

The tribunal has sought to extradite Croatia’s wartime army chief of staff, Gen. Janko Bobetko, on charges of war crimes, but Bobetko has vowed never to surrender to the court. Bobetko’s backers have said the 83-year-old general is too frail to stand trial.

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