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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Boosts for Yugoslav Peace

SARAJEVO -- Moves toward peace in former Yugoslavia received new impetus Tuesday from talks between Croatian government and breakaway Serbs, while in Bosnia the United Nations reopened Tuzla airport to aid flights after two years of war.


Croatian and Serb delegations met in the Russian Embassy in Zagreb to agree on a cease-fire and the separation of forces around the breakaway Krajina enclave of Croatia.


The Zagreb talks were the first diplomatic contact between Croatia and the Krajina Serbs since late 1993 and the second stage of a Russian- and U.S.-sponsored peace drive in former Yugoslavia.


Krajina Serbs grabbed a third of Croatia in 1991 in an uprising against Zagreb's secession from Serbian-led federal Yugoslavia.


In Bosnia, a UN plane with special envoy Yasushi Akashi aboard touched down in the Moslem enclave of Tuzla, reopening the city's airport to aid flights for the first time since May 1992, when it was damaged by Serb shelling.


The United Nations wants to use the airport to supply food and medicine for 465,000 people in the Tuzla region.


In Sarajevo, a UN spokesman said the United Nations and the Bosnian Serbs would attempt to resolve a "misunderstanding" over the discovery at the weekend of Serb tanks inside a NATO exclusion zone around the city.


The Serbs and the UNwere said to have been using a different point of reference to determine exactly where the center point of the zone should be.