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Bosnia: OSCE Sees Progress As Elections Approach

Vienna, 21 August 21 (RFE/RL) -- A senior representative of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) says he sees progress in this period before the general elections planned in Bosnia for September 14.

The situation during the election campaign has improved in the Muslim-Croat Federation and the Bosnian Serb entity, Republika Srpska, the OSCE's Robert Frowick told reporters in Vienna today .

Examples of progress included the agreement for Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to step down from political office and the decision to dissolve the Bosnian Croat mini-state of Herceg-Bosna. But Frowick acknowledged that the elections would be "imperfect" due to the lack of freedom of movement and restrictions on opposition parties.

Meanwhile, in Sarajevo, Brett Boudreau, a spokesman for the NATO-led peacekeeping forces (IFOR), said IFOR is considering whether to destroy some 2,600 tons of Bosnian Serb munitions spread over at least ten different locations.

IFOR is pressing ahead with "Operation Volcano" to blow up 400 tons of Bosnian Serb munitions discovered at the beginning of this month, he said. But IFOR has not decided whether to destroy extra supplies discovered in recently declared sites.