Balkan Update

May 19, 1993

Bosnian Muslims and Croats agreed to implement parts of a international peace plan in areas where fighting has erupted between them TRAVNIK, MOSTAR and ZENICA and to adhere to a cease-fire. Meanwhile, Croats and rebel Serbs agreed on a cease-fire in southwest CROATIA, beginning tomorrow.

The United States all but abandoned its efforts to end the horror in Bosnia, focusing instead on ways to squeeze Bosnian Serbs gradually and keep the war from spreading through the Balkans. Secretary of State Christopher said in WASHINGTON that intervention would be a "morass."

At the UNITED NATIONS, a foreign ministers' meeting planned for Friday was called off after the United States refused to attend, apparently fearing the forum would expose rifts among the allies.

U.N. aid convoys carrying desperately needed food were on their way to besieged Muslim-held areas after Serb forces held them up for days. The convoys were bound for SREBRENICA, ZEPA, GORAZDE and the capital, SARAJEVO.

On the Serb-Muslim front, U.N. officials reported a rash of cease-fire violations. They also said gunfights had broken out among residents of ZEPA over U.S. airdrops of food. Gen. Philippe Morillon, U.N. commander in Bosnia, said after meeting with Gen. Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb commander, that agreement was near on demilitarizing SARAJEVO.

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