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UN Court To Rule On Bosnia's Genocide Suit

February 26, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is due to hand down a landmark ruling today in a lawsuit brought by Bosnia-Herzegovina against Serbia and Montenegro.

Bosnia accuses Serbia and Montenegro of genocide during the Bosnian war in the early 1990s.

Serbia has argued it was not responsible for the actions of Serb paramilitary groups in Bosnia and that there was no intent to wipe out Bosnia's Muslim population.

It's the first time in the 60-year history of the UN's highest court that a state has accused another of genocide. If Bosnia wins, it could seek billions of dollars in compensation.

Dozens of survivors say they will stage a vigil outside the Peace Palace while Judge Rosalyn Higgins of Britain reads the decision.

(RFE/RL 26.ii.07)

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