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Bosnia: U.S. Envoy Holds Talks To Salvage Elections

Sarajevo, 21 October 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Senior U.S. envoy John Kornblum arrived in Sarajevo today for talks with Muslim, Croat and Serb leaders in a bid to resolve an impasse over Bosnia's upcoming municipal elections.

The Serb member of the collective presidency, Momcilo Krajisnik, is scheduled to hold talks with Kornblum later today.

Bosnian officials say Kornblum is also due to meet the Muslim chair of the presidency, Alija Izetbegovic, as well as the Croat member, Kresimir Zubak.

Bosnian Serb leaders have vowed to boycott the municipal polls which are tentatively scheduled to be held November 23 and November 24 under international supervision.

The Bosnian Serbs declared their boycott after the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which is overseeing the vote, adopted measures designed to prevent manipulation of voter registration. The OSCE said it would allow refugees to register in areas in which they lived prior to the war and not in regions where they "intend" to resettle.

Bosnian Serb authorities fear they could be voted out of power by Muslim refugees who registered to vote in their former home towns.