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Bosnia: Bildt Says Leadership Not Doing Enough

Sintra, 30 May 1997 (RFE/RL) - The top international envoy to Bosnia, Carl Bildt, says NATO ministers meeting in the Portugese town of Sintra will deliver a tough message to Bosnia's leaders when they meet with them later today.

Bildt told reporters the 16 NATO foreign ministers will tell the Bosnian parties NATO is "not entirely satisfied" with their efforts.

Bildt, who is leaving his post after two years, also expressed his view that international peacekeepers will have to remain in Bosnia beyond June of 1998, when their current mandate expires.

An announcement on Bildt's replacement could be made as early as today. The decision is to be made by the contact group of states -- Russia, the U.S., France, Germany, and Britain.

U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told the NATO meeting the threat of renewed war remains and NATO's task in Bosnia is far from over.

The members of the joint Bosnian presidency, Muslim Alija Izetbegovic, Croat Kresimir Zubak, and Serb Momcilo Krajisnik, as well as the foreign ministers of neighboring Croatia and Serbia, will take part in the Sintra meeting.