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World IN BRIEF : BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

Army Chief Mladic Refuses to Step Down

November 12, 1996|From Times Wire Reports

Gen. Ratko Mladic, an indicted war crimes suspect, defied his superiors by announcing that he will not follow orders to step down as Bosnian Serb army commander. Mladic's challenge to Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic came as senior army commanders snubbed a new military leadership installed by Plavsic. Mladic voiced his defiance through Gen. Milan Gvero, his top deputy, who was fired over the weekend with Mladic and his entire general staff. "Not a single army unit, not a single officer supports this move," Gvero said.

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