Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

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WORLD BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA U.N. Accused Of Squelching Papal Visit

Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic accused the United Nations on Wednesday of persuading Pope John Paul II to cancel his visit to Sarajevo. Izetbegovic had lashed out against the agency for not silencing Serb guns.

"The inability of the pope to come to Sarajevo is another . . . in our many wounds," said Bosnia's Roman Catholic leader, Monsignor Vinko Puljic. The city includes about 30,000 Roman Catholic Croats.

Izetbegovic blamed the cancellation on U.N. special envoy Yasushi Akashi, who wrote the Vatican to warn of the serious security risks in Sarajevo and the limits of U.N. protection. AP IRAQ Drained Marshes Create A `Disaster'

Saddam Hussein's deliberate draining of southern Iraqi marshlands has created an environmental "disaster of epic proportions" and destroyed a haven for Shiite rebels, according to a CIA report released Wednesday.

"The dry and denuded areas remaining provide no sustenance or protection for the insurgents" and give Iraqi government forces an unobstructed line of fire on the Shiites, the report said. In April, Iraq said it was diverting water from the wetlands in order to put more desert lands under cultivation.

A U.S. intelligence official said CIA analysts estimate that more than 100,000 of the 150,000 Shiites who had lived in these wetlands in 1991 had been driven out by the marsh drying. AP ZAIRE More Refugees Are Dying Violent Deaths

Bruised and bloodied bodies are turning up among the dozens of Rwandan refugees found dead every morning in the camps around Goma, aid workers said Wednesday. The United Nations is investigating whether Hutu extremists are murdering the victims. …

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