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Bosnia: Saudis Pledge Financial Support For September Elections

Vienna, 16 July 1997 (RFE/RL) - Saudi Arabia has offered half a million dollars to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to help organize the municipal elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina in September.

An OSCE spokesman in Vienna yesterday described the pledge as a "wonderful gift from a country which has no formal association" with the OSCE.

The OSCE is seeking a total of $30 million to organize the election and arrange for international observers to supervise it. The spokesman said about $24 million have already been pledged.