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Yugoslavia War Crimes

NPR's Tom Gjelten reports on mounting speculation about a possible deal under which Slobodan Milosevic might agree to step down from power. A United Nations human rights official suggested today that the U.N. war crimes tribunal in the Hague should be prepared to drop war crimes charges against Slobodan Milosevic in return for his departure from office. Serbian opposition leaders say it would help their campaign to unseat Milosevic. But tribunal officials -- and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan today rejected the proposal. Russian efforts to negotiate a solution to the Yugoslav crisis continue, but little progress is reported.

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