Running The Balkans' Deadly Gauntlet

New fighting locks Bosnia's Muslims between Croat and Serb enemies

ONLY FIGURATIVELY WAS THERE A GUN TO HIS HEAD, but that was sufficient. In Geneva the diplomatic efforts of Bosnia-Herzegovina's President Alija Izetbegovic fell into step with the daunting military reality at home. With his mostly Muslim government forces in control of less than a 10th of the republic's territory, Izetbegovic acquiesced to a proposal by U.N. mediators to allow his country to be divided into 10 autonomous regions. Negotiators stressed that boundaries would be drawn strictly on geographical and economic rather than ethnic criteria, with some functions preserved for the Sarajevo government. But because Izetbegovic has announced that he will...

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