SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Posters condemning gays have appeared in Sarajevo ahead of this month's first-ever gay festival in Bosnia. Two Muslim imams have been quoted as criticizing the timing of the five-day festival, which opens Sept. 24 and will occur during the holy month of Ramadan. Islam prohibits gay relationships and Sarajevo is at least 85 percent Muslim.

A local imam, Sulejman Bulgari, said in a TV interview that the Quran, the Muslim holy book, forbids same-sex relationships.

Several posters have appeared in the streets of Sarajevo this week, saying "Death to Gays." Police quickly removed them. The Bosnia mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said it is concerned that politicians have not reminded the public that local laws forbid discrimination regarding sexual orientation.