SILENCING THE GUNS

PEACE DRAWS A BIT CLOSER AS THE U.S. BROKERS AN AGREEMENT ON A CEASE-FIRE AND THE START OF NEGOTIATIONS

THE WORLD HAS SEEN IT ALL BEFORE: a cease-fire is signed, the guns fall silent, hopes rise. Then somewhere in Bosnia a sniper's bullet or a mortar round or a tank attack sheds blood, and war begins again. Countless times since the start of the wars of Yugoslavia in 1991, a truce has been declared. Each time it has collapsed. Last week U.S. diplomats tried again, negotiating a cessation of hostilities that could take effect as early as Tuesday. But in contrast to the many failures of the past, there is a chance this one could last, clearing the way for...

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