Balkan Update

July 31, 1993

The Bosnian warring factions reached a preliminary agreement in GENEVA to divide Bosnia into three ethnic republics as part of an overall peace settlement. In SARAJEVO, the tree military commanders agreed to an immediate cease-fire.

As the various leaders were meeting, shelling erupted in SARAJEVO. Gunners also blasted the area around Zuc, a strategic hill overlooking the city. Sarajevo radio said fighting continued around BRCKO, GORAZDE and MAGLAJ.

One Spanish soldier was killed and 17 wounded when their barracks in JABLANICA came u;nder fire. It was unclear which Bosnian faction was responsible.

A State Department official said the United States was seeking NATO and Russian agreement to use air strikes to force Bosnian Serbs top halt their attacks.

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