STRANGE ROUTE TO PEACE

EVEN AS A TRUCE TAKES EFFECT AND NEGOTIATIONS NEAR, THE FIGHTING AND ETHNIC CLEANSING HAVE BEEN FIERCE

IF, AFTER ALL THIS TIME, ANYONE STILL needed a reminder of why the war in Bosnia must end, last week's events provided one. A truce had been declared and peace talks were approaching--yet the combatants clashed repeatedly in the northwestern part of the country as each side fought to win territory before negotiations begin. In the same region, the Serbs conducted some of their most barbaric exercises in "ethnic cleansing." Given this conflict's warped, through-the-looking-glass logic, it was perhaps only to be expected that auguries of peace would provoke the worst excesses of war.

In the area around Banja Luka, the...

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