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Bosnia/Serbia: Plavsic Denounces Milosevic And Serb-Bosnian Accord

Sarajevo, 4 October 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic has criticized her Serbian counterpart, Slobodan Milosevic, for signing an accord yesterday with Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic.

The agreement signed in Paris provides for opening diplomatic relations between Belgrade and Sarajevo and re-establishing trade and travel ties. The accord also ensures Milosevic's acceptance of Bosnia's territorial integrity, ruling out Bosnian Serb hopes of seceding from Bosnia to merge with rump-Yugoslavia.

"We must banish once and for all the illusions we were under that Milosevic was the head of all Serbs," said Plavsic.

She says Milosevic has never renounced the post-World War II borders between the former Yugoslavia's constituent republics nor ever recognized the Bosnian Serb Republic or the now defunct Serb Republic of Krajina on occupied Croatian territory.

However, the Bosnian Serb president says that if yesterday's agreement contains any positive elements, then both Republika Srpska and Bosnia's Moslem-Croat Federation will feel them.