CEOL - Serb WW2 veterans want Nobel Prize for Milosevic

BELGRADE, Dec 19, 1999 -- (Reuters) World War Two veterans from a Serbian village say Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic should be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Belgrade media reported on Friday.

"World War Two veterans of Jadar are convinced that progressive and peace loving forces of the world will nominate President Milosevic for a Nobel Peace Prize for all he has done to preserve peace," independent daily Blic quoted from a statement issued by the veterans.

The veterans also called for Milosevic - indicted by a U.N. tribunal for alleged war crimes in Kosovo - to be honored with a National Hero medal for his patriotism and courage as commander of the Yugoslav Army during NATO's air war on Yugoslavia.

It was not clear how many veterans from Jadar, a village near the Serbian border with Bosnia, had signed the statement. It was also carried by the official Tanjug state news agency.

This year's Nobel Peace Price was won by international aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres for its pioneering humanitarian work around the world.

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