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Friday, 21 November, 1997, 12:03 GMT
Bosnian Serb President speaks ahead of elections
Text of report by the Belgrade-based independent Radio B92

[Announcer] [Bosnian] Serb Republic President Biljana Plavsic addressed the nation on [Bosnian] Serb Radio and TV, Banja Luka Studio, this evening.

Here is a report from our special Banja Luka correspondent, Tamara Pupovac:

[Reporter] I expect that after the forthcoming early parliamentary elections nothing will be as before, the Serb Republic president and the leader of the Serb National Alliance, Biljana Plavsic, said this evening during her hour-long interview to Banja Luka TV, the penultimate election campaign programme ahead of the election silence which officially begins at 0700 [0600 gmt] tomorrow [Friday] morning .

Nothing will be the same, but unfortunately it may get worse, Plavsic said, adding:

[Plavsic] It may get worse, here is how it may get worse: imagine a repetition of the same situation: the [ruling Bosnian] Serb Democratic Party together with the [nationalist] Serbian Radical Party wins a majority in parliament.

We know how it has been so far. With a mandate won in these elections they would do even more crudely and drastically everything that they have been advocating, with serious consequences for this people. That is certain. It would not be the same, it would be even worse, which, I hope, with God's help, will not happen.

[Reporter] I nevertheless believe that no party will have a majority in the new parliament, Plavsic went on to say, expressing the hope that the future government would be made up, she said, of responsible people from different parties. What we need now is an effective government, not a one-party government, Biljana Plavsic concluded.

Source: Radio B92, Belgrade, in Serbo-Croat 2030 gmt 20 Nov 97

Izetbegovic urges voters to take part in Serb Republic elections

Text of report by Bosnian TV (Sarajevo)

[Presenter] On the eve of the pre-election ban on campaigning, Alija Izetbegovic, president of the Bosnia-Hercegovina Presidency, has extended a message to voters in the country and the diaspora. We obtained the message from the office of Presidency member Kresimir Zubak:

[Izetbegovic] Dear citizens of Bosnia-Hercegovina, on Saturday and Sunday 22nd and 23rd November, parliamentary elections are taking place in the Serb entity [Bosnian Serb Republic].

I appeal to you to take part in the elections and give your vote to one of the parties of the Bosnian orientation. This will be the best way for you to help those who support a single and democratic Bosnia. Take part in the elections. It is the best you can do on that day for Bosnia-Hercegovina.

Source: TV Bosnia-Hercegovina via satellite, Sarajevo, in Serbo-Croat 2100 gmt 20 Nov 97

Bosnian Serb ruling party official says he is not behind Karadzic posters

Text of report by Tanjug news agency

Pale, 20th November: The head of the direction of the [ruling Bosnian] Serb Democratic Party [SDS], Vlado Vrkes, told the OSCE [Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe] mission in Bosnia-Hercegovina this evening that he was not behind the posters which had appeared in some parts of the [Bosnian] Serb Republic with photographs of the former Serb Republic president and SDS chairman Radovan Karadzic.

Because of these posters, the OSCE threatened to block the participation of the SDS in the parliamentary elections of 22nd and 23rd November. The controversial posters with a text about the extraordinary elections, bear a signature which says - the Serb national society, the SDS direction said.

Source: Tanjug news agency, Belgrade, in Serbo-Croat 1949 gmt 20 Nov 97

Bosnian Serb ruling party leader "satisfied" with election campaign

Excerpt from report by the Yugoslav news agency Beta

Pale, 20th November: [Bosnian] Serb Democratic Party (SDS) Presidency Chairman Aleksa Buha said today that it would be "just" if, in the forthcoming elections, the party repeated the results of last year's elections because the assembly deputies' "term of office was violently interrupted".

In a statement to SRNA, he said that he was satisfied with the course of the SDS election campaign. Buha said that in the past year, "nothing negative occurred with the SDS, as some opposition parties claimed during the electoral campaign"...

Source: Beta news agency, Belgrade, in Serbo-Croat 1950 gmt 20 Nov 97

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