Balkan Update

January 13, 1994

Intense fighting around VITEZ forced evacuation of about 60 U.N. peacekeepers from their base there. U.N. officials said they were evacuated after shells landed in the base area. It was not known who fired the shells.

The vital SARAJEVO airlift resumed. About 20 planes brought badly needed food, medicine and other supplies. The airport has been shut down repeatedly in the past week because of shelling, mostly by Serb gunners.

Relief workers of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said a relief convoy for MAGLAJ was stuck at a Bosnian Croat checkpoint just outside of the town, which has not seen an aid convoy since Oct. 25.

U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali ordered a feasibility study of the NATO threat to launch airstrikes against Bosnian Serbs to reopen the airport at TUZLA and relieve trapped U.N. peacekeepers in SREBRENICA.

Mr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali has reprimanded the French general in charge of U.N. troops in the Balkans for going outside the chain of command to challenge his U.N. superiors, diplomats say. General Jean Cot has argued publicly and privately that the decision-making for air support should be left to the military and has criticized civilian superiors.

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