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Bosnia: Contact Group Warns Against Election Interference

Brussels, 5 September 1997 (RFE/RL) - With just a week until municipal elections in Bosnia, the Contact Group on the former Yugoslavia today warned that it will punish those who do not respect the Dayton Peace accords. The Contact Group is comprised of Russia, the United States, France, Germany and Britain.

A statement from the Contact Group warns that any violent acts or provocations during the September 13-14 ballot will be met with an "appropriate response." It says media will be forcefully suspended for inflammatory broadcasts.

Robert Frowick, mission chief of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), is scheduled to meet with hardline Bosnian Serb Prime Minister Gojko Klickovic in Pale today. Frowick is later scheduled to hold talks in Banja Laka with Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic.

Meanwhile, U.S. envoy Robert Gelbard said in Brussels that Washington wants a much "tougher attitude" from the international community about rump Yugoslavia's obligations under the Dayton accords. Gelbard also singled out Croatia for failing to meet its commitments as a guarantor of the treaty.