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Bosnia/Yugoslavia: Presidents Meet In Belgrade

Belgrade, 24 September 1997 (RFE/RL) -- Serbia's broadcast media are reporting that Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic and Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic have met in Belgrade in their first face-to-face discussions in more than a year.

Further details on the talks, reported by Radio Index, were not available. It was Plavsic's first reported meeting with Milosevic since her election as president of the Bosnian Serb entity, Republika Srpska.

It comes amid an ongoing power struggle between Plavsic and hardline supporters of former Bosnian Serb President and indicted war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic. A top Karadzic ally, Momcilo Krajisnik, is also reportedly in Belgrade and is expected to meet today with Milosevic. Plavsic has in the past refused to meet with Milosevic, who is viewed as having supported her opponents in the power struggle.

She was highly critical of Milosevic during her election campaign last year, accusing him of fanning the nationalist fires of Bosnia's Serbs to join a greater Serbia and then selling them out by signing the US-sponsored Dayton peace agreement.