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Yugoslavia: Plavsic denies press reports of Mladic dismissal

Belgrade, 25 October 1996 (RFE/RL) - Bosnian Serb leader Biljana Plavsic denied press reports today that she has dismissed army commander and indicted war criminal Ratko Mladic.

The independent Belgrade-based Beta news agency quoted Plavsic as saying in a radio interview that she had only taken up her duties last Saturday and had not in her words, "had the time to replace Mladic."

Two days ago, the Belgrade weekly Nedeljni Telegraf said Plavsic had signed a decree ordering the retirement of Mladic, as well as chief of staff Manojlo Milovanovic, Mladic's deputy Milan Gvero, the head of military intelligence Zdravko Tolimir and about 80 other officers.