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Bosnia: U.S. Envoy Gelbard Visiting Moscow, Belgrade

Washington, 28 August 1997 (RFE/RL) - The State Department says the U.S. special envoy for the former Yugoslavia, Robert Gelbard, left yesterday for Moscow for talks with Russian diplomats about next month's elections for the Bosnian Serb parliament.

Spokesman James Rubin says Gelbard will have two days of talks in Moscow and then go to Belgrade and meet Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic.

Bosnian Serb supporters of former president Radovan Karadzic want the elections postponed. However, the current president of the Bosnian Serb entity in Bosnia, Biljana Plavsic, dissolved the Bosnian Serb parliament last month. The U.S. supports Plavsic and Rubin said yesterday that any decisions taken by the parliament are illegal.

Rubin said that what he called the corruption and criminality of the regime in Pale has become more and more clear to the people of Bosnia. He says the Karadzic supporters are on the wrong side of history.