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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Election Pessimism

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina () -- Holding Bosnian elections by September will be pointless if Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and other indicted war criminals remain free, Bosnian media said Monday.

The skeptical reaction to a meeting in Geneva between U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher and the presidents of Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia reflected growing pessimism about elections billed by outsiders as Bosnia's best hope.

There are slim chances for elections if Karadzic and Mladic remain in power, even behind the scenes, said Gojko Beric of the Oslobodjenje daily Monday. If they stay, "all war criminals on these territories will be definitively promoted into national heroes, and revenge and terror will rage in Bosnia,'' Beric wrote.