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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

UN Threat Halts Attack On Serbs

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- UN peacekeepers threatened the Moslem-led Bosnian government troops with NATO air strikes Monday and persuaded them to halt attacks on Serb forces besieging Sarajevo.


UN commander Lieutenant General Sir Michael Rose met Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic and General Rasim Delic, the head of government forces, after fierce fighting between Moslems and Serbs on Sunday left two dead and 18 wounded in Sarajevo.


Rose accused the Moslems of provoking the Serbs to unleash the worst shelling in the city for seven months in the hope of forcing NATO air intervention against them.


He said that he had informed the Bosnian government: "'If you don't stop it immediately, we'll be using air power against you.' We've already been in consultation with NATO on targets."


The UN said later that Izetbegovic and Delic promised Rose there would be no more attacks on the Serbs.


In an emotive statement, Rose said the Moslems attacked "to create images of war for the world, to get us to respond with air power."


He added: "I hope never to see another woman running with a child in her arms on the streets of Sarajevo thinking she's about to die."


Other UN sources questioned whether Rose's assessment of Moslem motives was accurate and said the government attack had a genuine military objective.