Balkan Update

June 15, 1993

Serbian gunners continued to pound the Muslim-held town of GORAZDE and step up shelling in SARAJEVO. Fighting between Bosnian Croats and Muslim-led government forces moved closer to the capital. The fighting in the embattled KAKANJ pocket flared again despite a cease-fire.

Two vital roads into SARAJEVO, the only lifelines with the outside world for aid to the trapped 380,000 citizens, risked being closed. A United Nations spokesman said Serbian forces put a checkpoint across the airport road and threatened to halt all traffic. But relief officials were able to resume the aid airlift suspended Sunday after a shell hit the airport runway.

U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali recommended yesterday that a force of 7,500 peacekeepers be sent to patrol six "safe areas" for Muslims in Bosnia-Herzegovina. He warned, however, that his recommendation assumed the warring parties would cooperate by adhering to cease-fires in the cities.

The head of the World Health Organization urged the United Nations yesterday to ease sanctions against Yugoslavia to allow it to buy much-needed medicines.

Vuk Draskovic, the jailed leader of Serbia's main opposition party, was moved to a BELGRADE hospital for diagnosis and treatment of injuries he is said to have received in police custody June 2.

In ZAGREB, the leader of Croatia's ultranationalist movement and three of his associates went on trial accused of forming a paramilitary organization to overthrow the government and of terrorism.

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