Balkan Update

August 08, 1993

U.S. officials seeking support for proposed NATO air strike against Serbian forces encircling SARAJEVO said they were prepared to agree with the United Nations secretary-general that the first such attack would require his approval.

Despite promises to withdraw, Bosnian Serbs were reportedly strengthening positions on two strategic mountains overlooking Sarajevo. By digging in, Serbs could directly challenge NATO resolve to proceed with threatened air strikes to end the siege of Sarajevo.

Police in GENEVA used tear gas and water cannon to control 2,000 Bosnian demonstrators protesting plans to divide their republic into three ministates.

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