Balkan Update

February 02, 1994

Danish Foreign Minister Niels Helveg Petersen told reporters in Copenhagen that European Union foreign ministers would meet next week to discuss possible sanctions against ZAGREB over reports of Croatian army involvement in Bosnia.

The prospect of NATO airstrikes around SREBRENICA appeared to have been averted after Dutch troops were allowed to enter the town to relieve Canadian U.N. soldiers. NATO leaders last month also threatened to use air power if the airport in Muslim-held TUZLA was not allowed to open.

In NEW YORK, U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali signaled his preparedness to use air power in Bosnia to maintain the credibility of U.N. and NATO threats. But he said negotiations had to be pursued patiently: "We will not solve Yugoslavia in a few months."

Russian leaders clashed in MOSCOW over the possibility of air strikes against Serbian forces in Bosnia, with the premier ruling out raids and the foreign minister saying Moscow does not oppose the idea.

As U.N. special envoy Yasushi Akashi met Bosnian government leaders in SARAJEVO, Serb gunners stepped up shelling of the city and there were clashes between Muslims and Croats in the southern city of MOSTAR.

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