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Press Statement
Philip T. Reeker, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 22, 2001


Voluntary Surrender of Pavle Strugar

The United States welcomes the voluntary surrender and transfer of retired General Pavle Strugar to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia to face prosecution. We commend the Government of Montenegro for its cooperation in this matter. Voluntary surrenders and transfers of indicted persons help the region achieve peace and justice. This first voluntary surrender by a Yugoslav citizen is an encouraging sign that the people of Montenegro are moving towards a stable and peaceful future by addressing the crimes of the past.

The United States calls on all remaining fugitives to follow General Strugarís example of publicly recognizing the personal honor and dignity in voluntarily surrendering to the tribunal to face the charges against him in a fair trial. In particular, Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic should immediately surrender to the appropriate authorities. 


Released on October 22, 2001

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