Balkan Update

May 27, 1993

U.N. mediator Thorvald Stoltenberg visited the besiege Bosnian capital of SARAJEVO to push a new international strategy on the war, but it was strongly criticized by the Muslim-led government.

Amid sharp differences over policy toward Bosnis, NATO defence minsters in Brussels failed to endose the new peace plan.

The former commander of U.N. forces in Sarajevo, retired Canadian Gen. Lewis MacKenzie, said in WASHINGTON that creating a single enclave for Bosnian Muslims is the key to ending the fighting.

Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic said he would refuse to cooperate with a war crimes tribunal set up by the U.N. Tuesday.

Serbia's influential Orthodox Church in BELGRADE urged the ouster of Serbian nationalist leaders, blaming them for the war. But it also called for a government of "national unity" to guide all Serbs in Serbia and neigboring former Yugoslav republics in effect a "Greater Serbia."

Bosnian Croat forces held a U.N. food convoy intended for Muslims in MOSTAR for seven hours before letting it go on condition that they got half its load. By then it was too late to complete the trip but U.N. officials said the convoy would return Thursday and divide the food equally between Muslim and Croat sections of the town.

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