A Fragile New Hope for Peace

Bosnian Serbs and Muslims try a last-minute cease-fire

ALLIED LEADERS WERE DISCUSSING INTERVENTION in Bosnia last week when the commanders of the rebel Serb forces and the Bosnian army unexpectedly signed a cease-fire, to take effect on May 9. Suddenly, there was hope that the intervention no one really wants would not be necessary. But would the truce hold? Many such agreements have been made and broken during the past year. Only a week ago, Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic had signed the Vance- Owen peace plan. Just as Secretary of State Warren Christopher switched gears in Europe, from lobbying allies on a plan to bomb the Serbs to...

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