Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cease-Fire Quiets Bosnian Flashpoints

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cease-Fire Quiets Bosnian Flashpoints

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A cease-fire between Bosnian government and Croat forces took hold Sunday, and even the embattled town of Mostar was quiet for the first time in weeks.

But the city had been devastated by heavy shelling over the past few days.

On Saturday, Bosnian radio said 15 people had been killed and 27 wounded in the eastern section of Mostar, where 50,000 Muslims are under Croat siege.

The Croats want Mostar as the capital under a plan to divide Bosnia into Croat, Serb and Muslim mini-states.

U.N. Cmdr. Idesbald van Biesebroeck reported shelling around Vitez in central Bosnia on Sunday, but that the fighting was less than normal. Croatian radio reported seven civilians killed and 22 wounded, including five children, in attacks around Vitez. Other central Bosnian flashpoints, including Jablanica and Gornji Vakuf, have quieted down, said Lt. Col. Bill Aikman, another U.N. spokesman. Fighting had been reported in both places Saturday.

But in Sarajevo Serb guns pounded a building housing refugees on Sunday night, starting a huge fire that forced occupants to flee, witnesses said. …

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