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Bosnia: Muslim Chairman Of Presidency Slams Dayton Violators

Sarajevo, 22 April 1997 (RFE/RL) - Bosnian Muslim president Alija Izetbegovic is urging sanctions against Bosnian Serb and Bosnian Croat violators of the Dayton peace agreement.

Izetbegovic, in a letter to international envoys and other international organizations in Bosnia accused neighboring rump Yugoslavia and the Bosnian Serb entity of not reducing weapons as called for by the Dayton agreement and thereby blocking efforts to create a military balance in the region.

He says conditions for fair, democratic and free voting remain unfulfilled, joint government institutions are obstructed, human rights are violated and instead of refugees being able to return, "ethnic cleansing" continues.

Izetbegovic says only 130,000 of the more than one million refugees created by ethnic cleansing have been able to return home.

He complains that indicted war criminals remain free, and acccuses Bosnian Croat and Serb authorities of refusing to cooperate with the UN war crimes tribunal trying to bring them to justice.

A spokesman for the international community's high representative for the former Yugoslavia, Carl Bildt, Simon Haselock, told reporters in Sarajevo today Bildt fully shares Izetegovic's concerns about the state of the implementation of the Dayton accords.