Balkan Update

September 03, 1993

President Clinton says the option of military strikes in Bosnia "is very much alive" if there is a resumption of the shelling of SARAJEVO or an interruption in humanitarian relief deliveries.

Bosnian faction leaders said they still hoped to reach a peace pact and pledged to try to prevent an escalation in fighting after peace talks in GENEVA collapsed.

Bosnian Croat troops have forced more than 3,000 Muslim women and children from their homes near JABLANICA over the past 10 days, U.N. officials said.

In GENEVA, a senior U.S. official said Americans promoted the threat of air strikes against Bosnian Serbs in part to strengthen the Bosnian government's otherwise weak bargaining position at negotiations.

Cedric Thornberry, a high U.N. in former Yugoslavia, said there ,, were reports of increased numbers of regular army troops from Croatia in southern and central Bosnia over the past several months.

For the first time in 45 years, the Yugoslav government in BELGRADE announced it will begin rationing some food and other products in an attempt to counter empty shelves, galloping inflation and growing consumer unrest.

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