Balkan Update

September 01, 1993

Some 60 Spanish U.N. troops held hostage in besieged

MOSTAR for five days were released by their civilian captors, who said they feared a Croat attack. In exchange, three new Spanish armored personnel carriers arrived to reassure the civilians.

Bosnia's Muslim and Serb leaders agreed in GENEVA on a new cease-fire and prisoner exchange but remained far apart on a proposed ethnic map for Bosnia. However, Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic predicted that all three factions will sign an overall peace settlement today.

Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev told the United Nations his government was willing to send extra troops to Bosnia to help implement a peace accord.

Inflation in Yugoslavia hit an unprecedented monthly rate of 1,881 percent this month, media reported in BELGRADE.

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