Balkan Update

July 16, 1993

Serbs eased a two-week fuel blockade of SAREJEVO, allowing the crippled hospital and bakery to resume operations. They also let 75 tons of diesel fuel stuck at the airport for two weeks to be brought into the capital. But most areas remained without running water and electricity.

Fresh shelling and plans to open a key bridge threatened t reignite war between Serbs and Croats in CROATIA.

Ten governments, including the United States, have refused t help a U.N. team unearth two mass graves in Croatia, jeopardizing efforts to gather vital evidence for trials against accused war criminals.

The United States said in WASHINGTON it will send 4 warplanes to help protect U.N. safe havens in Bosnia. The move followed an agreement by NATO that its warplanes could start protecting U.N. ground forces forces, possibly late next week.

Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic rejected an offer b Islamic countries to send 17,000 soldiers to join the U.N. peacekeeping force in Bosnia, saying, "The government resolutely opposes the proposed deployment of further Muslim forces to this country."

Serbia's main opposition leader, Vuk Draskovic, left BELGRADE hospital six weeks after being arrested in anti-government demonstrations and severely beaten by police.

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