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Buoyed by success in Sarajevo, U.S. envoys press for a settlement between Bosnia's Croats and Muslims

If a military ultimatum worked in Sarajevo, why not try it in Tuzla or Mostar or the other Muslim enclaves under siege in Bosnia? As Sarajevans took a tentative step toward peace last week, freed from the terrors of Serbian guns that have rained more than 1.5 million shells on the city in two years, NATO leaders, Russian diplomats and Bill Clinton congratulated themselves on a small but important victory. Buoyed by the success, the President was prodded to apply the same tactics to other parts of the embattled country.

But by the end of the week Washington was trumpeting a...

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