Balkan Update

September 09, 1993

A misunderstanding brought Serb and Muslim troops to th brink of renewed fighting near SARAJEVO, but both sides backed down when the mistake was realized. Serbs had taken up combat positions in response to what they saw as hostile movements by government troops. But the government was simply rotating troops, although the move broke an agreement obliging it to report all troop movements in the strategic area.

For the first time, President Clinton promised to seek the approval of Congress before deploying U.S. troops into a United Nations peacekeeping force in Bosnia. He met in WASHINGTON with Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic.

Croatian opposition leaders accused the government of colluding with Serbia to carve up Bosnia and said the policy was damaging their country's image. "Croatia is undeservingly portrayed as an aggressor, instead of a victim as a result of this policy," said Savka Dapcevic-Kucar in ZAGREB.

In GENEVA, the International Committee of the Red Cross called for access to detention camps in Bosnia run by all the warring factions.

SARAJEVO has been mostly quiet in recent days. But Bosnian radio said eight people were wounded by a single shell and a 14-year-old boy was killed by a sniper. Fighting continued to block attempts to get aid to thousands of refugees fleeing Muslim-Croat battles in central and southwestern Bosnia.

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