Balkan Update

January 19, 1994

Leaders of Bosnia's warring sides and the presidents of Serbia and Croatia met separately with mediators in GENEVA in an attempt to revive peace talks, but expectations were low. Lord Owen said major military offensives made the prospects for agreement "not very high" while Thorvald Stoltenberg said the atmosphere had "never been less conducive" to peace.

A German aid plane turned back from SARAJEVO after it was struck by two bullets while approaching the besieged capital's airport. The airlift of food and medicine continued despite the shooting.

Aid convoys were halted for the third day along the main route into central Bosnia because of snow, ice and and "fear of harassment" from local residents. A U.N. spokesman said Bosnia was mostly quiet, except for SARAJEVO and OLOVO.

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