DANCING AT THE BRINK

TUDJMAN'S PLAN TO EXPEL U.N. PEACEKEEPERS THREATENS THE WORST BALKAN WAR YET--UNLESS HE RELENTS

There is something perverse about springtime in the former Yugoslavia: it is when men make war, not love. Now, as the cold weather eases in the fifth year of Balkan fighting, Serbs and Croats are unlimbering their guns for what American diplomats fear could turn into an all-out Balkan war.

The provocateur this time is Croatia's President, Franjo Tudjman, who announced in January that the 12,000 United Nations peacekeepers patrolling the cease-fire line along the Serb-occupied Croatian region of Krajina must leave the country beginning March 31, when the U.N. mandate expires. The soldiers have managed to keep the peace in...

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