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Serb writer Cosic, civil war president, dies at 92

Serb nationalist writer Dobrica Cosic, president of Yugoslavia during civil war, dies at 92

Serb writer Cosic, civil war president, dies at 92

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Dobrica Cosic, a nationalist writer who served briefly as Yugoslavia's president as the country unraveled in civil war, has died. He was 92.

His family confirmed Cosic's death in a statement Sunday.

Cosic joined the communist guerrilla resistance during German occupation in World War II and became a government official in charge of propaganda after the war. At the time, Cosic had close ties with Yugoslav dictator Josip Tito.

In the 1960s, Cosic moved away from communism and toward a more nationalist position. He was among the first intellectuals in Serbia who raised complaints about the status of Serbs within Yugoslavia.

He served as president in 1992-1993 as most of the collapsing federation's nations already had declared independence, leaving only Serbia and Montenegro within Yugoslavia.

Updated : 2021-07-31 17:49 GMT+08:00