Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Identify Attackers, Clinton Urges U.S. Won't Rule out Bombing Those Who Shelled Bosnian City

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Identify Attackers, Clinton Urges U.S. Won't Rule out Bombing Those Who Shelled Bosnian City

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President Bill Clinton called on the United Nations Saturday to identify those who attacked a Sarajevo marketplace, killing at least 66 people and directed the secretary of state to consult with U.S. allies on "appropriate next steps."

After meeting with Clinton, Secretary of State Warren M. Christopher said he did not rule out the use of air strikes against those deemed responsible for the attack.

Clinton also said he had directed the Defense Department to offer immediate assistance in evacuating, hospitalizing and treating the more than 200 injured. Aides said the armed forces would use C-130 aircraft to transport injured people to a mobile Army surgical hospital the United States operates outside Zagreb, Croatia, and to a U.S. air base outside Frankfurt, Germany.

Clinton said he had "directed that Secretary Christopher engage our allies in Europe and the United Nations on the situation and on appropriate next steps. As he and Secretary of Defense (William) Perry have stated, we rule out nothing."

Christopher, in his statement, said the United States would press for "immediate action by the U.N. to determine responsibility for this attack. We do not rule out the use of NATO air strikes, once responsibility has been fixed."

Christopher had already discussed the attack with British Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd and was to consult with other allies over the weekend, including French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel and NATO Secretary General Manfred Woerner.

A U.S. official said, "We have very little doubt it was the Serbs" whose shelling turned the open-air market into a bloody place.

Clinton said there could be no possible military justification for an attack against a marketplace where women, men and children were pursuing their everyday lives.

At the United Nations, Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali instructed the U. …

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