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Bosnian Serb Leaders Condemn German Ambassador's Suggestion of Unified Bosnia

The Bosnian Serb leadership has reacted angrily to a statement by Germany's ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina that the divided country should be made one nation.

The prime minister of the Bosnian Serb Republic, Milorad Dodik, said Friday that Ambassador Michael Schmunck's remarks are an unacceptable interference in another country's affairs.

Schmunck told a Croatian newspaper (Vecernji list) in an interview published Thursday that the most important goal of the constitutional reform should be to make Bosnia-Herzegovina a unified state with which all of its citizens will identify.

Bosnia's population is divided into three major ethnic-religious groups - Serbs, Croats and Muslims. A 1995 peace accord split the war-torn country into two entities: the Bosnian Serb Republic and the Muslim-Croat Federation. Each has its own government and security forces. The central government is weak.

In other regional news, Bosnia is facing serious grain shortages as a result of a severe drought. Bread and flour producers say the drought has destroyed between 30 and 40 percent of the crops. Food officials have warned that prices of some food products could continue increasing.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.