Balkan Update

August 15, 1993

Serbs ended the occupation of strategic MOUNT IGMAN, Bosnia-Herzegovina, that threatened to scuttle Bosnian peace talks and risked Western intervention. Only a handful of soldiers remained on the mountain above Sarajevo past the 4 p.m. deadline to withdraw, and United Nations officials said they no longer represented a threat.

Aboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, the NATO commander who is helping plan possible allied air strikes against Bosnian Serbs said he and the chief of the U.N. force in the former Yugoslavia have agreed on potential targets. Both commanders said their forces are now ready for the possible use air power in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

In the central Bosnia town of VITEZ, a Bosnian driver for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees was killed by a sniper's bullet.

In GENEVA, surrounded by barbed wire, barricades and heavily armed police, more than 1,000 demonstrators appealed against U.N.-sponsored negotiations to divide up the republic on ethnic lines.

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