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4 Britons Aarrested in Yugoslavia

August 3, 2000

PODGORICA, Yugoslavia (AP) _ The military has detained four British citizens in Yugoslavia on suspicion of spying, the private Montena-fax news agency reported Thursday.

It said the four unidentified Britons were arrested on Mount Cakor, on the border between Montenegro and Kosovo, on Tuesday. They were tourists, but arms were allegedly found in their possession, Montena-fax said.

``They were taken to military barracks under the suspicion that they were conducting a hostile act of spying,″ the Montenegrin news agency said, without elaborating.

The British Foreign Office said Thursday it had no reports of the arrests.

Yugoslav authorities said Monday that four Dutchmen were arrested in July for allegedly plotting to assassinate President Slobodan Milosevic.

The arrests follow allegations that NATO has hired mercenaries to snatch fugitive war crimes suspects on Yugoslav territory, tightening the noose around indicted Serb leaders.

The Dutch government has demanded acess to the detainees, in accordance with international conventions, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bart Jochems said Thursday. But he said a Yugoslavia official in The Hague would not tell details of the charges, where they were being held or their medical condition.

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