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Dobrica Cosic | Serb writer, 92

Dobrica Cosic, 92, a nationalist writer who served briefly as Yugoslavia's president as the country unraveled in civil war, died Sunday, his family said.

Mr. Cosic, a former communist-turned nationalist, was one of the most influential figures in 20th-century Serbia. He played an important role in the rise of Serbian nationalism in 1980s, leading to the bloody breakup of the former Yugoslavia.

Mr. 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, he had close ties with Yugoslav dictator Josip Tito.

In the 1960s, Mr. Cosic moved away from communism and toward a more nationalist position.

He served as president in 1992-93 as most of the collapsing federation's nations already had declared independence, leaving only Serbia and Montenegro within Yugoslavia. - AP
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