HAGUE: The United Nations' top court has ruled that Serbia did not commit genocide in Croatia during the bloody wars sparked by the breakup of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
The International Court of Justice said today that Serb forces committed widespread crimes in Croatia early in the war, but they did not amount to genocide.
The 17-judge bench is also considering a Serb claim that Croatia committed genocide during a 1995 military campaign to seize back territory from rebel Serbs. The court's president is still reading that part of the judgment.
Croatia brought the case to the world court in 1999, asking judges to order Belgrade to pay compensation.