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Answers on Milosevic funds today

Greece will fully cooperate with the international tribunal trying Slobodan Milosevic by sending information on bank accounts linked with the former Yugoslav president, the government confirmed yesterday. Government spokesman Christos Protopappas said United Nations chief war crimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte «has asked us for a series of data and clarifications.» «The Greek Ministry of Justice will provide full answers (today),» Protopappas said. «We want to cooperate closely.» Yesterday, To Vima daily reported that the Athens council of misdemeanor court judges has instructed banks to provide confidential details on accounts traceable to the former Yugoslav ruler, who has been charged in connection with atrocities committed during the wars in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo. The resulting information will be handed to a Greek prosecutor, who in turn will send it on to del Ponte. According to the paper, suspect accounts have been located in four Greek banks – Laiki, Egnatia, Commercial and Ionian – and an Athens Citibank branch. In Halkidiki, roadblocks have been set up at Nea Moudania, at the village of Ormylia and at Nea Phokaia on the road to Cassandra; in Pieria, at Aiginio on the Athens-Thessaloniki highway and at the Varikos bridge. In Pella, there is a roadblock on the Yiannitsa-Edessa road. In Kilkis, the roadblock is at the Evzones and Doirani border posts, on the way to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. In Serres, the block is at the Bulgaria border at the Petritsi bridge, at Promachona and at Kedryllia on the Thessaloniki-Kavala road.