Balkan Update

April 15, 1993

President Clinton's special envoy warned Yugoslav leaders that they face complete isolation if Bosnian Serbs do not stop atrocities and make peace. The United States and its allies also will press for Bosnia's government to be exempted from a U.N. arms embargo if Bosnian Serbs do not sign the U.N. peace plan, envoy Reginald Bartholomew told reporters in BELGRADE.

Under Russian and U.S. pressure, the U.N. Security Council has put off a vote on new sanctions against Yugoslavia which could upset Russian President Boris Yeltsin's chances in a referendum April 25. In TOKYO, foreign ministers of the Group of Seven industrialized countries agreed to the postponement.

In LONDON, the British government rejected Margaret Thatcher's demands to arm Muslims and bomb Serb artillery positions in Bosnia. The defense secretary called her remarks "emotional nonsense."

Eight people were killed and 21 wounded in an attack just after a convoy evacuated about 650 refugees from SREBRENICA late Tuesday, said John McMillan, a U.N. aid spokesman in Sarajevo. U.N. monitors reported only scattered shelling in Srebrenica yesterday.

BTC The United Nations resumed its humanitarian airlift to SARAJEVO. It had been been suspended Friday over fears of attacks by Serb forces blockading the capital. Fifteen aid flights were planned for yesterday.

NATO said one of its radar planes had tracked what could be the first violation of the U.N. no-fly zone over Bosnia since the alliance began enforcing the ban this week. But a spokesman in VICENZA, Italy, withdrew earlier remarks in which he said the pilot of a Dutch F-16 fighter saw a white, single-engine light plane in the zone. "It has since been ascertained that there was no visual observation by the F-16 pilot," the spokesman said. He could not explain how he had been able to give precise visual details of the apparent violation.

In WASHINGTON, President Clinton told Congress he doesn't think the U.S. planes enforcing the no-fly zone will be forced to engage in combat. Shooting down violators is a last resort, under terms of the enforcement mission.

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