SETTING OUT THE CIGAR BOX

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Who will pay the $270 million cost for the new 12,500 member U.N. rapid reaction force for Bosnia? Since Republicans in Congress balked at a U.N. request that the U.S. pay 31 percent of the cost, President Clinton has been seeking other sources of financing. One idea is for the U.S. to contribute equipment to the force instead of cash. And, much as the Bush Administration did during the Persian Gulf War, Clinton will appeal to wealthy Persian Gulf and Asian countries to help out with the tab.