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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Karadzic Faces Ban From Polls

SARAJEVO -- Turning up the pressure on Radovan Karadzic, America's top envoy to the Balkans on Thursday urged the Bosnian Serb leader to step aside or see his party banned from the country's first post-war elections.


U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke headed for Belgrade from Sarajevo to enlist Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic in efforts to remove Karadzic. Even before the two met, there were signs that Milosevic was weighing his options.


Senior Karadzic aides Momcilo Krajisnik and Aleksa Buha were summoned to Belgrade on Thursday afternoon. They left the Bosnian Serb stronghold of Pale accompanied by Jovica Stanisic, the head of Milosevic's special police.


Bosnian Serb defiance built as the anti-Karadzic sentiment increased.


UN spokesman Alexander Ivanko said the mayor of a town in Serb territory threatened to take UN police and members of the NATO-led Bosnian peace force hostage and kill them if Karadzic is detained as a war crimes suspect.


Speaking to reporters on his second stop in Sarajevo this week, Holbrooke endorsed a Friday deadline for Karadzic to step down as leader of his party. If he does not, members of his party "are out of the elections," set for Sept. 14, he said.


In other developments Thursday:


?High-ranking Bosnian Serb officials inspected a mass grave of about 150 Moslems said to have been killed by the Bosnian Serb army. The victims, at the Cerska site, are among the more than 6,000 residents of Srebrenica missing and feared massacred.


?A British soldier serving in the NATO-led peace force died of shot wounds. NATO officials released no location or circumstances of the shooting and refused to identify the victim.