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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bosnian Serbs Adamant: No Peace

SARAJEVO -- After renewed warnings from the West that they will bear responsibility for any further bloodshed if they insist on rejecting the latest international peace plan, Bosnian Serbs remained defiant Wednesday.

The Bosnian Serb leaders also seem set to ignore their long-time patron, Serbia, by going ahead with a referendum this weekend that is expected to ratify their rejection of the plan.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe and German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel called on the Bosnian Serb leaders Tuesday to reconsider their position. Juppe and Kinkel also appealed to Serbian-led Yugoslavia to allow international monitoring of its blockade against Bosnian Serbs imposed to force them to accept the peace plan.

But Serb President Slobodan Milosevic, who sealed Serbia's border with the Bosnian Serbs this month over their rejection of the peace plan, has so far refused to agree to placing UN observers on the frontier to monitor the embargo, fearing a domestic backlash.

Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin reiterated Wednesday Russia's willingness to lift sanctions against Yugoslavia if Belgrade observes its commitment to sever links with the Bosnian Serbs.

Russia and Serbia signed economic cooperation agreements Wednesday that wouild take effect once the UN lifts sanctions against the former Yugoslavia.