Balkan Update

May 09, 1993

In SARAJEVO, the Bosnian government and rebel Ser military commanders signed a new cease-fire agreement covering the whole of Bosnia-Herzegovina from noon (6 a.m. EDT) Sunday. The agreement was signed after talks between the two rival military chiefs and the commander of U.N. troops in Bosnia, Gen. Philippe Morillon.

Earlier, President Alija Izetbegovic blocked U.N. troops from heading to the embattled Muslim enclave of Zepa, saying Serb conditions for their presence would amount to Bosnian surrender. The Serbs demand that the fighters in Zepa disarm in exchange for Serb withdrawal. U.N. relief flights to the Serb-besieged Bosnian capital were halted briefly Saturday after the airport was fired upon.

President Clinton and his top advisers met in WASHINGTON and drafted a more complete plan for military intervention in Bosnia. Mr. Clinton asked Secretary of State Warren M. Christopher to phone European allies in an effort to gain their approval for U.S. military plans but no action is expected until after next weekend's Bosnian Serb referendum on an international peace plan.

In SKOPJE, Macedonia, the government of the former Yugoslav republic introduced its first currency, the denar. Denars, which will have a floating exchange rate, officially replace coupons on Monday. The coupons have been used since Macedonia broke away from Yugoslavia in September 1991 and dumped the dinar currency. Unlike other former Yugoslav republics, Macedonia seceded without violence.

About 5,000 Serbs in BERLIN, Germany, and about 1,000 in BRISBANE, Australia, protested peacefully against a possible American military intervention against Serbs in Bosnia.

In MOSCOW, Russian President Boris Yeltsin said he hopes the Bosnian Serbs would approve a peace plan in a referendum and rules out a sudden military intervention in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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