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06BELGRADE1694
2006-10-17 14:09:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Belgrade
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WAR CRIMES PROSECUTOR FED UP, THREATENS TO QUIT

Tags:   ICTY  PREL  PGOV  KCRM  SR 
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STATE FOR S/WCI

E.O. 12958: DECL: CLOSURE OF ICTY
TAGS: ICTY PREL PGOV KCRM SR
SUBJECT: WAR CRIMES PROSECUTOR FED UP, THREATENS TO QUIT

Classified By: DCM Roderick Moore, reasons 1.4 (b,d)

C O N F I D E N T I A L BELGRADE 001694

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DOJ FOR ALEXANDRE
STATE FOR S/WCI

E.O. 12958: DECL: CLOSURE OF ICTY
TAGS: ICTY PREL PGOV KCRM SR
SUBJECT: WAR CRIMES PROSECUTOR FED UP, THREATENS TO QUIT

Classified By: DCM Roderick Moore, reasons 1.4 (b,d)


1. (c) War Crimes prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic stunned
local journalists and emboffs when he announced on Ocotber 17
that he was tendering his resignation as operational
coordinator for the GoS's Action Plan for ICTY cooperation.
Vukcevic cited to us his deep frustration over not having the
authorities and latitudes necessary to coordinate and compel
cooperation and more robust investigative activity from
Serbian intelligence and security services. Vukcevic told
RLA during the conference that he was tired of being little
more than an "errand boy" between the government and ICTY
chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte, and intended to quit his
post. His pronouncement was almost immediately posted on
local news websites, including B92.


2. (c) Vukcevic's co-chair, Rasim Ljajic, told us in
Belgrade that Kostunica immediately called Vukcevic to
convince him to stay on the job. Ljajic said the PM refused
to accept Vukcevic's resignation, and that after their
conversation, Vukcevic withdrew it. Vukcevic and Kostunica
will meet at 1600 local, and we are working to get a readout
of that meeting from Vukcevic's staff. Ljajic confirmed that
he does not intend to step down at the moment since Vukcevic
has withdrawn his own resignation. He told poloffs in past
weeks, though, that both he and Vukcevic intend to resign at
the end of the year if there is not visible progress on the
hunt for Mladic.
POLT