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ROME - We are ready to extradite Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic only when the irrefutable evidence that they committed war crimes is provided, but we will never accept accusations which are, simply said, of a mere political nature, stated the prime minister of Republika Srpska (RS), today at the Florence Confer ence.

FLORENCE - The Arms Control Agreement, which the Muslim side rejected to sign in Oslo on June 11 was signed in Florence, stated Piero Fortino, undersecretary of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As the diplomatic circles comment, the Muslim government had to "give in the reasonable reasons of the interna tional community and sign this agreement with RS".

FLORENCE - Following its twoday work, the International Conference on the former B-H in Florence was closed, with a wish that the elections in the former B-h be held by September 14 at least, reports AFP. The precise date of the elections will be officially announced by OSCE chairman Flavio Cotti by the end of June.

FLORENCE - The Italian foreign minister Lamberto Dini denied a statement of the Muslim prime minister Hasan Muratovic that the sanctions will be reimposed against RS and Yugoslavia if the RS president RAdovan Karadzic does not step off the power by July 1. The Italian foreign mistier notices that there is no such a provision in the final Declaration adopted at the Conference.

WASHINGTON - The US presidential advisor for national secu rity Anthony Lake called "personal speculations" a statement by defence secretary William Perry on keeping U.S. soldiers in the former B-H beyond the mandate expiring in December 1996.

SARAJEVO - The American military equipment could start arriving to the CroatMuslim Federation "several days after Sarajevo meets all conditions", stated the U.S. diplomat in charge for this programme, James Perdieu.

THESALONIKI - NATO defence ministers met yesterday in Brus sels where they set as a priority goal the providing of condi tions for September elections in the former B-H, with pressures upon all three sides, writes the Greek paper "Elephterotiphia", giving parts of speeches of the U.S. defence secretary William Perry that the multinational forces "should be directed at the political part of commitments."

SARAJEVO - Seven political parties from Rs and 14 from ht CroatMuslim federation were registered for the first postwar elections in the former B-H, reports AFP, referring to "interna tional sources".

BANJALUKA - The OSCE Regional centre in Banjaluka announced names of 13 political parties which were registered as candidates for the parliamentarian elections in RS.

BANJALUKA - Six political parties of leftwing and political centre signed in a document titled Intentions on formation of the electoral alliance, in Banjaluka. The name and holder of this political block will be determined by June 27 at the joint meet ing in Banjaluka.

BRCKO - IFOR's mandate in the former B-H remains unchanged and no additional authorisation or orders arrived before the September elections in RS and the CroatMuslim Federation, stated the Sector NorthWest commander colonel Gregory Fonteno.

ROME - The Italian media are paying a lot of attention to harassment of the remaining Serbs in Sarajevo and other parts of the former B-H under control of the Muslim and Croat authority. The ANSA agency cites ITPF spokesman Aleksander Ivanko saying that the violence against the remaining Serbs in the CroatMuslim Federation grows on a daily basis.

NEW YORK - The leading American commentator Thomas Friedman writes for the New York Times that "the main reason for nonexist ence of the fair elections is "a fundamental rift", for there are too many people in Bosnia who do not want coexistence". Friedman stated his doubt that the elections could reunite this former Yugoslav republic, and explains that "they only display their divisions, but in no way cure them".

NEW YORK - The Commission for Journalists Protection, based in New York, will be a witness of defence in a process which started in Zagreb against the Croatian journalists accused of "vilification and insult" of president Franjo Tudjman, announced the Commission. The Commission's position is that "law on media offence are condemnatory, especially in a country which, like Croatia, claims to be democratic." /end/

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