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Bosnian Banker Says Boycott Proves Karadzic Hampers Dayton Accords

Sofia, April 15 (RFE/RL) - The head of Bosnia-Herzogovina's National Bank said today that the boycott of last weekend's donor conference in Brussels by Bosnian Serb leaders proves that they are the main obstacle to implementing the Dayton peace accords.

Central Bank Chief Kasim Omicevic commented at the annual meeting in Sofia of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Omicevic came to Sofia directly from the Brussels conference. He told the EBRD that vital infrastructure across the former Yugoslavia will be reconstructed much faster once, as he put it, "the most extreme war criminals are removed from public office."

He said the government of Bosnia and the federation expects the international community to help remove Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and other indicted leaders from power.

Omicevic said many participants at the Brussels conference expressed disbelief that so many indicted war criminals have not yet been delivered for trial by the International War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague.