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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mladic Resigns Under Pressure

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb military commander wanted by international war crimes prosecutors, resigned Wednesday, buckling to pressure from Bosnian Serb political leaders and Western powers, a Belgrade news agency reported.


However, Mladic's decision did not necessarily end a 19-day standoff between the Bosnian Serb military and its political leadership.


It is unclear whether Mladic's move brings him any closer to facing war crimes charges at the International Tribunal for War Crimes for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.


Mladic is wanted by The Hague for allegedly ordering the execution of thousands of unarmed Muslim men, rounded up by his forces after the fall of the UN-designated "safe area'' of Srebrenica in July 1995 and for ordering the almost constant shelling of Sarajevo, the Bosnian capital, and other civilian areas in Bosnia during the war at a cost of tens of thousands of lives.