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Croatian fugitive general seized
Gen Gotovina was one of the most wanted Balkan fugitives
A Croatian general charged with war crimes has been held in Spain, the UN's chief war crimes prosecutor has said.
Ante Gotovina was one of the most wanted men from the 1990s Balkan wars.
He is accused of war crimes against Serb civilians during a Croatian offensive to expel Serb forces from the country in 1995.
Carla Del Ponte, chief prosecutor at the International War Crimes Tribunal at The Hague, had repeatedly sought Gen Gotovina's detention.
Gen Gotovina was arrested on Wednesday night in the Canary Islands, Ms Del Ponte said, and was due to be transferred to The Hague.
He was held in a hotel in the Tenerife resort of Playa de las Americas after being followed for several days, the Spanish news agency EFE reported.
Stabbed, shot, burned
Speaking in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, Ms Del Ponte said she hoped Gen Gotovina's detention would speed up efforts to arrest Bosnian Serb fugitives Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic.
Throughout the tribunal's efforts to track him down, Gen Gotovina has maintained support from a wide section of the Croatian public, some of whom regard him as a national hero.
Gen Gotovina, 50, was indicted for crimes against humanity by the war crimes tribunal in 2001.
[This is] good news for the world, for bringing people to justice who are not yet convicted but are accused of very serious crimes
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
Nato Secretary General
He is alleged to have failed to prevent the murder of 150 Serbs killed by shooting, stabbing or burning during Operation Storm, the August 1995 push against Serb forces in Croatia.
He was sent into early retirement in 2000 when Croatia promised to investigate allegations of war crimes among its military during the 1990s.
Croatia has claimed that he subsequently fled the country. He vowed never to turn himself in.
In Brussels, Nato Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer described the arrest of Gen Gotovina as "good news for the world, for bringing people to justice who are not yet convicted but are accused of very serious crimes".
Ms Del Ponto had previously criticised Zagreb's efforts to arrest the general.
The controversy delayed the start of talks on Croatian membership of the European Union, although the green light was finally given after Ms Del Ponte said she was satisfied with Croatian co-operation with the tribunal.