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Reconciliation still difficult but war crimes tribunal gives hope

Aaron Gray-Block in Amsterdam

Published 02/08/2011 | 05:00

In arresting its last wanted fugitive in July, the Yugoslavia war crimes tribunal has achieved something that eluded even the Nuremberg tribunal: in efforts to punish leaders and promote truth and reconciliation, it nabbed everyone it had sought.

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"One hundred and sixty one cases all in hand, with none of those on the wanted list still at large, is a truly remarkable achievement, not matched anywhere," said James Gow, a King's College London professor who served as a prosecution adviser and expert witness in the court's early days from 1994-98.

"Nuremberg missed (Martin) Borman and (Adolf) Eichmann, at least, while Rwanda has several indictees outstanding.

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