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Ironduke
16 Dec 03,, 05:08
Clark testifies at Milosevic trial

THE HAGUE, The Netherlands (CNN) -- Former U.S. general Wesley Clark has started giving evidence to the war crimes trial of Slobodan Milosevic at The Hague.

Clark, a Democratic candidate for next year's U.S. presidential election, was NATO's allied commander during the alliance's 1999 campaign against Yugoslavia which forced Milosevic's troops out of Kosovo.

The former Yugoslav president is charged with crimes against humanity in Croatia and Kosovo, and genocide in Bosnia.

Clark, who arrived in The Netherlands Sunday, started two days of testifing in closed sessions on Monday, according to a tribunal spokesman.

Details of his testimony will only be released on Friday after the U.S. government screens out anything considered a threat to "national security."

The former Vietnam veteran spoke to Milosevic for dozens of hours over a period of almost four years in the 1990s.

The trial's first phase focused on alleged Serb atrocities in Kosovo in 1999. The U.N. court has since tackled evidence on the 1991-95 conflicts in Croatia and Bosnia.

The trial, which started in February 2002, has been disrupted by Milosevic's frequent bouts of ill health.

Milosevic, who denies any wrongdoing, has rejected the authority of the court and is defending himself.

http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/europe/12/15/tribunal.clark/index.html