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Bosnia: Final Campaign Rallies Bring Promises And Warnings

Sarajevo, 13 September 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Campaigning for tomorrow's first post-war general elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina ended last night with final rallies across the country.

In Sarajevo, Bosnia's President Alija Izetbegovic and head of the ruling Muslim Party for Democratic Action defended his party's identification with Islam, and called on voters to follow what he termed the "moderate path of reason."

The main opposition party in the Muslim-Croat Federation, the left of center, multi-ethnic, United List, held its final rally in Tuzla. A leading Croat in the United List, Stjepan Kljuic, called on voters to cast their ballots "for Bosnia-Herzegovina, for co-existence and peace."

At a rally of the Bosnian Serb Democratic Party (SDS) in Pale, parliamentary speaker Momcilo Krajisnik compared the main Serbian opposition party, the left-of-center Alliance for Peace and Progress, to the old communist party. Krajisnik called on Bosnian Serbs to enable those coming to Republika Srpska tomorrow from the Muslim-Croat Federation to " vote with dignity and return from where they came from."

Belgrade TV news last night quoted Serbia's President Slobodan Milosevic as saying the Alliance enjoys his "full support." In a pointed attack on the ruling Bosnian Serb Democratic Party, Milosevic said Serbs should support those who in his words "build unity" and are not "in conflict with the whole world."