Balkan Update

May 21, 1993

Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev met in WASHINGTON with Secretary of State Warren M. Christopher to search for a common strategy to end the war in Bosnia.

Tensions eased in the battle-ravaged Bosnian town of MOSTAR with the release of 1,000 Muslims by Bosnian Croats and a lull in hostilities between Bosnian Muslims and Croats.

Muslim-controlled SARAJEVO radio said Serbs were on the offensive with tank, artillery and infantry attacks around the northern Bosnian town of BRCKO. Both sides reported sniping and mortar attacks in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo and around the towns of DOBOJ and MAGLAJ.

At the UNITED NATIONS, Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali said an 11-judge international court to try people accused of war crimes in the former Yugoslavia would cost more than $30 million in its first year and require a staff of nearly 400. The Security Council is likely to adopt a resolution today authorizing the establishment of the court at The Hague.

Western countries made progress toward tightening sanctions against Yugoslavia by gaining the commitment of Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania to choke off the Danube River supply route.

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