SILENCE OF THE GUNS

THE U.S. BROKERS A CEASE-FIRE IN SARAJEVO, AND THE WEST DARES TO HOPE FOR A NEGOTIATED PEACE IN BOSNIA

THE MOST RICHARD HOLBROOKE EXPECTED from his round of shuttle diplomacy last week was a bit of progress on designing a new shape and government for war-ravaged Bosnia and Herzegovina. Instead, when the American special envoy arrived in Belgrade, Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic surprised him with a proposal to end the siege of Sarajevo in exchange for cessation of NATO's bombing campaign against Serb military installations.

After half an hour of discussion, Milosevic startled Holbrooke again by telling him that the two key Bosnian Serb leaders, Radovan Karadzic and General Ratko Mladic, were standing by in Belgrade. With Holbrooke's approval, Milosevic...

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