Yugoslav peace efforts near collapse Diplomats dismayed as fighting spreads

November 06, 1991|By Los Angeles Times

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The European Community's two-month effort to bring peace to Yugoslavia all but collapsed yesterday as warring republics failed to agree on a formula for splitting up the country and hostilities raged between Serbia and Croatia.

Lord Carrington, the British diplomat who is chairman of the EC Yugoslav peace conference, said he would urge the community to adjourn the conference indefinitely Friday if Serbia and Croatia did not abide by a new cease-fire. It would be the 11th under EC auspices.

"I am doubtful whether this latest attempt will succeed where others have failed," Lord Carrington said after meeting here with the presidents and foreign ministers of the six Yugoslav republics.

Even as the Yugoslav leaders were talking peace in The Hague, battles continued throughout Croatia, and the war was reported to have spilled into Serbia for the first time. The federal news agency Tanjug said four people were killed and a dozen injured when Croatian forces rocketed the town of Sid, just inside Serbia's border with eastern Croatia.

A spokesman for the Croatian Defense Ministry denied that his republic had fired on Sid, the main launching pad for the Serbian-commanded army's deadly siege of nearby Vukovar.

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