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The BBC's Justin Webb in The Hague
"The UN War Crimes Tribunal has finally caught the biggest fish of all"
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Yugoslav Deputy Prime Minister Miroljub Labus
"We are now back in the international community"
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Smilja Avramov, former aide to Milosevic
"It was not extradition, it was pure kidnapping"
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The World Bank's Christiaan Poortman
"We are only concerned about what is going to happen at the conference"
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International human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson
"Milosevic... is going to play every trick in the book"
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Friday, 29 June, 2001, 13:13 GMT 14:13 UK
Milosevic extradition unlocks aid coffers
Milosevic in detention
Milosevic's handover paved the way for aid
Yugoslavia has won hundreds of millions of dollars in international aid, the day after ex-President Slobodan Milosevic's lightning extradition from Belgrade.

International donors meeting in Brussels announced that the purse-strings were being released, and loans and grants of more than $1bn would start flowing to rebuild the country's battered economy.

Mr Milosevic, spending his first full day in custody in The Hague, will make his first appearance before the tribunal next Tuesday, it was announced on Friday.

A Yugoslav daily showing Slobodan Milosevic
The extradition has sparked constitutional and political turmoil in Yugoslavia
But his extradition has left behind a huge row about the constitutionality of the move.

The Yugoslav constitutional court tried to block it, only to be overruled by the Serbian Government.

Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica's party, the Democratic Party of Serbia, has abandoned the parliamentary groups of the ruling DOS alliance in both Serbian and federal Yugoslav chambers in protest.

In another development, the Bosnian Serb news agency SRNA has reported that another senior indicted politician - Serbian President Milan Milutinovic has decided to give himself up to the war crimes tribunal, and to testify against Mr Milosevic.

Mr Milutinovic has made no comment, but the report has been denied by his ministry.

'More charges'

Mr Milosevic is accused of having ultimate responsibility for the mass deportation of 740,000 Kosovo Albanians and for the murder of hundreds of individually named Albanians in several massacres said to have been committed by Serb soldiers and militias.

But prosecutors are seeking to widen charges against him to include the earlier Bosnian and Croatian wars.

Deputy prosecutor Graham Blewitt said the tribunal hoped to issue indictments later in the year.

Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica
President Kostunica says he was kept in the dark about extradition
The international donors are continuing their meeting in Brussels, but among initial pledges were $540m from the World Bank over the next few years, and a package worth $450m from the European Union. The US later donated $181m - around $80m more than than had been originally planned.

Officials at the conference praised Yugoslavia's "outstanding" progress.

The US and several other countries agreed to attend the conference only after the Yugoslav Government moved towards extraditing Mr Milosevic.

Correspondents say that after his extradition, the biggest obstacle to Yugoslavia's international rehabilitation has been removed.

But the damage done during the Milosevic era is immense and billions of dollars will be needed to make up for a decade marked by war, corruption and economic sanctions.

One group of independent economists estimated the damage at $4.1bn.

First head of state

The United Nations, Nato and many western countries welcomed the handover of the former Yugoslav leader, but Russian politicians said it could represent the end of Yugoslav statehood.

Mr Milosevic, who arrived by helicopter at the United Nations detention centre in The Hague on Thursday night, will be first former head of state to face charges at the tribunal.

Rise and fall of Milosevic
1989: Becomes Serbian president
1991-95: Launches wars in Croatia and Bosnia
1998: Starts campaign against Kosovo Albanians
1999: Withdraws following Nato bombing
1999: Indicted by UN tribunal
2000: Rigs elections, ousted by popular uprising
2001: Imprisoned after stand-off with police; extradited to The Hague three months later
After a medical check-up, Mr Milosevic was told of the charges he is facing in relation to the mass killing of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.

A BBC correspondent in The Hague says that for now, he is being kept in a single cell in comfortable conditions, where he will able to speak to his wife by telephone every day, watch satellite television and take exercise.

It will be several months before his trial begins, to give his defence lawyers time to prepare his case.

Extradition path

The extradition of the man who once embodied the hopes of Serbian nationalism has sparked turmoil in Yugoslavia.

Mirjana Markovic leaves his prison cell in Belgrade
Mr Milosevic's wife says she is "dismayed" at his extradition
The junior partner in the federal government - a Montenegrin party once allied to Mr Milosevic - says it is pulling out of the coalition in protest.

And President Kostunica's own party, the Democratic Party of Serbia, has called for a government reshuffle after abandoning the coalition's parliamentary group.

Meanwhile, three other Serbs indicted on war crimes charges in Croatia and Bosnia have been taken to The Hague for trial by the War Crimes Tribunal.

One is Milan Martic, the former President of the breakaway Serb republic of Krajina, which was recaptured by Croatia in 1995.

The others are Mile Mrksic, the former commander of the Krajina Serb forces, and Dusan Knezevic, a Serb from Prijedor in Bosnia-Hercegovina.

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