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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Croats Block Deal On Sarajevo Rule

SARAJEVO -- Ethnic mistrust scuttled plans Monday to formally turn Sarajevo over to a Croat-Moslem government, adding a new obstacle to the peace process.

Their Croat-Moslem federation was formed under U.S. pressure in March 1994 after the two ethnic groups fought fiercely for nearly a year. But lingering enmity has kept the federation weak and hobbled its effectiveness as a counterweight to the Bosnian Serb republic that makes up the other half of Bosnia.

An agreement on forming a jointly governed Sarajevo canton was signed a month ago by Kresimir Zubak, the Croat president of the federation, and Ejup Ganic, its Moslem vice president. But the Bosnian Croats said Monday that the accord runs counter to the constitution.

No elaboration was given why the Croats backed out of the agreement, but federation sources said the Croats now fear they would be outvoted by the Moslems in such a framework.