Pressuring The Serbs To Back Off

Europe and the U.S. warn of sanctions and produce a truce

REPLAYING THE BLOODY LAND GRAB THEY INFLICTED on Croatia last year, Serbian irregular forces backed by the Serb-led Yugoslav army have carved out a slice of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Last week the Serbs redoubled their efforts, capturing several towns and trying to seize part of the capital city, Sarajevo. Now that the 12-nation European Community and the U.S. have recognized the independence of Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Serbs are no longer simply aggressors but international aggressors.

As a result, warnings from abroad turned tougher. The E.C. set April 29 as a deadline for Serbia to halt the fighting. If it did not, it would face...

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