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As one of very few Serbs to fight on the side of the Bosnian army, Jovan Divjak cannot take 10 steps in Sarajevo without being warmly greeted by people who respect the former general for defending the city and its multiculturalism.A U.N. war crimes tribunal Wednesday will hand down a verdict to Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb military chief who laid siege to the city in the bitter 1990s war – but to Divjak, the judgment will only emphasize how the country, in his view, lost a bigger battle.When the conflict broke out in Sarajevo in April 1992, Divjak, a retired Yugoslav army officer, was a member of Bosnia's territorial defense forces.He immediately joined the ranks of those defending Sarajevo, which was trapped under siege for 44 months. Sarajevo's Serb and Croat population has shrunk from a third of the population before the war to just 9 percent today.Divjak has repeatedly condemned war crimes against Serbs.
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