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Serbs Said Undermining Bosnian Elections
VIENNA, Austria (VOA) — A senior international envoy in Sarajevo says the Bosnian Serb political and military leaders are undermining plans for free elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The envoy, Robert Frowick, is calling on the united states and the European union to compel the Serb leaders to comply with the Bosnian peace agreement.

Mr. Frowick, who represents the organization for security and cooperation in Europe, deplores the nationalist attitudes of Bosnian serb leader Radovan Karadzic and the Serb army commander, General Ratko Mladic.

Mr. Frowick says the Serb leaders' attitudes are causing problems and that the international community must deal with them. He calls on the united states and the European union to increase their efforts to obtain Serb compliance with the Bosnian peace agreement.

The OSCE envoy also criticizes the nationalist attitudes of unidentified Croat leaders in the formerly divided town of Mostar in southwestern bosnia-herzegovina.

Ultimately, Mr. Frowick says, only pressure from Belgrade and Zagreb may effectively compel Bosnian ethnic Serb and Croat nationalists to cooperate in peace. As an indicted war criminal, Radovan Karadzic is banned from being re-elected Serb president, but he has shown no sign of giving up politics. This could seriously complicate free elections in Bosnia, due to be held in September.



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