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NDPer quits over Milosevic comments

Last Updated: Apr 22 2005 03:45 PM PDT

VANCOUVER - The NDP candidate in Chilliwack-Kent has pulled out of the race over his comments about accused war criminal Slobodan Milosevic.

Rollie Keith had told a Vancouver newspaper that the war crimes case against Milosevic was being exaggerated by "biased media."

The retired Canadian military officer who served as a UN observer in Kosovo in the 1990s also said he never saw any evidence of genocide involving Milosevic.

The 69-year-old Keith, who is a historian, met Milosevic while he served as a UN observer in Kosovo in the 1990s. And he testified as a defence witness at Milosevic's trial at the Hague.

Earlier in the day, NDP Leader Carole James had said she didn't agree with Keith's views – but said she wouldn't ask for his resignation.

But she has since changed her mind. She says she didn't ask Keith to resign, but does say he did the right thing by stepping down.

Keith, who has run and lost twice before provincially, was running against incumbent Liberal Barry Penner He has also run twice unsuccessfully for the federal NDP.

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