Novi Sad — The search for the top war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic has entered its last phase, a local Serbian newspaper reports.

Novi Sad daily Gradjanski List quotes sources from Serbia’s security agencies as saying they are close to arresting the Bosnian Serb wartime military leader General Ratko Mladic.

The International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia, ICTY, based in The Hague indicted Mladic, 65, twice for genocide in the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The sources told the daily that security services were monitoring Mladic’s financial supporters and medical staff taking care of his health.

The news came after Serbia’s police, reportedly helped by foreign intelligence services, arrested Stojan Zupljanin on Wednesday,. Zupljanin was one of the four remaining war crimes fugitives, all of whom are ethnic Serbs. Read more: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/main/news/10920/?tpid=152

The arrest of Mladic, Bosnian Serb war time political leader Radovan Karadzic, also indicted twice for genocide in Bosnia, and Goran Hadzic, charged with crimes during the 1991-1995 war in Croatia, remain a key pre-condition for Serbia’s future European integration.

The Hague prosecutors firmly believe all fugitives are hiding in Serbia and that there is a lack of political will to arrest them.

Belgrade maintains it does not have information on their whereabouts and that it has been doing everything in its power to locate and apprehend them.