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Wednesday, March 31, 1999 Published at 11:51 GMT 12:51 UK


Hit-list of Serbia's 'most wanted'

Milosevic: One of seven "most wanted"

In a supreme example of the trend towards "personality warfare", UK defence chiefs have issued a hit-list of the men behind the Serbian war machine.

Kosovo: Special Report
The Yugoslav president, Slobodan Milosevic, is probably the only name on the list that will have any great resonance outside Yugoslavia.

He is joined by four senior members of the military and security forces, and two politicians. All are said to be behind the "brutal repression" in Kosovo, according to the Ministry of Defence.

'Hunted down'

Announcing the list, UK Foreign Secretary Robin Cook said those responsible for the terror unleashed in the stricken Serbian province, would be hunted down, arrested and brought before the International War Crimes Tribunal.

Mr Cook warned it would not be a defence to say, "I was following orders".

The British chief of defence staff, General Sir Charles Guthrie, backed up the threat. "If they commit war crimes they will be brought to justice," he said.

On the list are:

Slobodan Milosevic, President, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

  • Born 1941
  • Joined Communist Party at 18
  • In 1990, elected President of Serbia in first multi-party elections
  • (For more detail click here)


[ image: Markovic: Risen through the ranks of the police]
Markovic: Risen through the ranks of the police
Radomir Markovic, head of RDB (internal security operation)

  • Native of Belgrade
  • Holds law degree
  • Employed with Interior Ministry since 1970
  • Considered to have had brilliant career with police
  • Appointed head of state security in October 1998
  • Promoted to Lieutenant General in July 1997


[ image: Lt Col Gen Ojdanic]
Lt Col Gen Ojdanic
Colonel General Dragoljub Ojdanic

  • Born 1941 in village of Ravno, near Uzice, Serbia
  • Served as League of Communists Secretary for 52 Corps of JNA (Yugoslav Army) in Kosovo
  • Appointed Deputy Chief of General Staff by former FRY President Lilic
  • Became Lt Col Gen and promoted to Colonel two years later, on 16 June 1997

Lieutenant Colonel General Nebojsa Pavkovic

  • Promoted last December to Chief of Staff of 3rd Army of Yugoslav Army
  • Replaced Gen Momcilo Perisic who was sacked for criticism of Belgrade's stand-off with Nato over Kosovo
  • Has responsibility for operations in Kosovo

Major General Vladimir Lazerevic

  • Current commander of 52 Corps of the 3rd Army, which has direct responsibility for operations against the KLA

Nikolai Sainovic, Deputy Prime Minister

  • Said to have been involved in attempted cover-up of Racak massacre in January
  • Member of the Yugoslav peace talks team at Rambouillet

Vlajko Stoliljkovic, Interior Minister



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