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Bosnia: Krajisnik And Plavsic Discuss Crisis

Banja Luka, Bosnia; 14 July 1997 (RFE/RL) -- Reports say Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic and Momcilo Krajisnik, the Serb member of Bosnia's joint presidency, have resumed talks in Banja Luka today to try to resolve a political crisis.

As he entered Plavsic's office Krajisnik told reporters that he is optimistic about reaching a resolution. Krajisnik told Bosnian Serb television during the weekend that he has asked Plavsic to cancel her decision to dissolve parliament. he said that, in return, the parliament would abandon its bid for Plavsic's removal.

He said Plavsic has indicated she will give her response today. Plavsic and Krajisnik had been due to hold talks yesterday but Plavsic canceled the meeting due to what her advisers said was high fever. The negotiations come amid a standoff between Plavsic and hardline opponents sparked by Plavsic's accusations linking former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic and his allies to war profiteering and corruption. Karadzic is now an indicted war crimes suspect.