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Bosnia: Changes Demanded To Serb Television

Rome, 17 October 1997 (RFE/RL) - The international Contact Group overseeing peace efforts in Bosnia demanded today that Bosnian Serb television be reorganized. The Contact Group issued the call a day after the station defied a broadcast ban.

The contact group was meeting in Rome to consider forthcoming elections in the Serb-run half of Bosnia to elect a new parliamentary assembly.

It issued a statement saying it requires immediate steps in the Bosnian Serb Republic. It said these include reorganizing the station's governing board and appointing a new general manager.

Yesterday, the Bosnian Serb television station inexplicably went back on the air in defiance of a broadcasting ban and NATO control over its transmitters. NATO troops who seized control of the station's transmitters earlier this month were still deployed.

A NATO spokesman, Major John Blakely, said NATO is investigating how Bosnian Serb hardliners managed to resume television and radio broadcasts last night despite having had their transmitters seized by NATO troops.