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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bosnia Visit Canceled

SARAJEVO () -- UN peacekeepers alarmed by sniping refused to provide a plane for Turkish President Suleyman Demirel to visit Sarajevo on Monday, forcing him to abandon his trip.


Bosnian Serb forces said they would not guarantee the safety of Demirel's plane if it attempted to fly over their lines, and locked anti-aircraft missile radar on a landing German aircraft in an apparent warning.


Demirel, visiting Turkish UN peacekeepers in central Bosnia, told reporters in the Adriatic port of Split that he would continue efforts to reach Sarajevo, possibly using his own plane.


The Turkish government supports the Moslem-led Bosnian authorities in their war against the Serbs.