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Izetbegovic proposes a six-month delay in lifting the arms embargo -- saving Clinton a hard policy decision

It looked like the latest Administration flip-flop: Bill Clinton once again sliding away from a hard policy decision on Bosnia. Under pressure from Congress last August, he had pledged to ask the U.N. Security Council "to terminate the arms embargo" on Bosnia and Herzegovina after Oct. 15 if the rebel Serbs did not agree to accept an international peace plan by then. The deadline was fast approaching when the President went to U.N. headquarters last week to deliver a state-of-the-world address. His only reference to Bosnia was a call for strong action to save Sarajevo from threatened "strangulation" by besieging Serbs.


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