U.N. Cancels Sanctions
Against Bosnian Serbs
While the exodus of Serbs continued on Tuesday, the United Nations agreed to suspend sanctions against the Bosnian Serbs. "The international community has lived up to its commitments," said Republika Srpska parliament speaker Momcilo Krajisnik, a close aide to Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic.
U.N. Security Council president and U.S. ambassador Madeleine Albright announced the suspensions. The action came the council received a letter from NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana saying the Bosnian Serbs had complied with the stipulation that the armies pull back from "zones of confrontation."
In the letter, Mr. Solana said he welcomed the compliance by Republika Srpska (the Serb Republic in Bosnia). "The Serb Republic can now walk through the front door and face the world," he said. But Brig. Gen. Andrew Cumming, a senior NATO spokesman, said any new defiance by Bosnian Serbs would lead to the resumption of sanctions.
The Yugoslav government moved quickly to lift sanctions against Bosnia's separatist Serbs Tuesday. The suspension was expected to have little immediate impact but might boost morale among moderate Bosnian Serb leaders at odds with hardliners loyal to the isolated "president" Radovan Karadzic.
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