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Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic says he will not appear at his war crimes trial, set to begin next week.

In a letter released to the U.N. court in the Hague Thursday, Karadzic, who plans to defend himself, said he has not been given enough time to prepare.

He says he should have been given almost two years to get ready for what he called a "gigantic" case.

Karadzic faces 11 charges, including genocide, stemming from atrocities carried out by Serb forces during the Bosnian war of the 1990s.

He spent more than 12 years on the run before Serbian police arrested him in Belgrade in July 2008.

He has tried several times to delay his trial, which is scheduled to begin October 26.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.