The initial reluctance of elites in former Yugoslav states to send war criminals to international courts left victims fearful that the butchers might return to power.
Could anyone explain the meaning of this setence in easy way? Is "states" verb here?
The former Yugoslav states are the countries which, together, used to be known as Yugoslavia. The seven former Yugoslav states are: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo.
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