Balkan Update

August 04, 1993

Bosnia's Muslim president, Alija Izetbegovic, stayed away from the GENEVA negotiations for the second day. But the Bosnian delegation was split when its three Croat members walked out to protest the Bosnian army's continued attacks on Croat forces in the center of the republic.

A U.S. spokeswoman in WASHINGTON said there is no "firm time line" on starting to use NATO airpower in Bosnia. Meanwhile, U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali has told Secretary of State Christopher that he wants the advice of the U.N. special representative on the former Yugoslavia before authorizing any air strikes.

Croatia's president has refused to withdraw his troops from a vital bridge now that Croatian Serbs have knocked it out. Franjo Tudjman said that the shelling invalidated an agreement to hand the MASLENICA bridge over to U.N. peacekeepers.

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