BBC News, October 12, 2002
EU warns Croatia over UN indictment
The European Union has told Croatia that it will risk delaying closer ties with the bloc if it does not co-operate fully with the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague.
The EU has written to the Croatian Government, urging it to hand over an indicted general to the court.
Last week Croatia challenged the indictment of the 83-year-old General Janko Bobetko, who, it says, is too ill to travel.
The reformist Prime Minister, Ivica Racan, has already admitted that international sanctions would have a disastrous effect on his country.
General Bobetko has been accused of crimes against humanity, but has vowed never to surrender to the court.
Many Croats see him as a war hero from the Balkans conflict in the 1990s.