SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- In a new get-tough approach, the United Nations ordered the first combat unit from its rapid reaction force to Sarajevo on Sunday to take out rebel Serb guns firing at peacekeepers.

The order came after Bosnian Serb shells killed two more French peacekeepers and wounded four others. But the deployment was delayed when Bosnian army commanders complained that it would interfere with their own military operations.

In Belgrade, generals from the United States, Britain and France delivered an ultimatum to Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic, warning that any attack on the eastern U.N. safe area of Gorazde would draw airstrikes.

The envoys also told Mladic that attacks on four other remaining "safe areas" in Bosnia "cannot be tolerated," said White House spokesman Mike McCurry.

The ultimatum was designed to give the Bosnian Serbs formal notice of an allied plan, approved Friday in London, to take tougher action against Serb agression, specifically in Gorazde.

About 800 British and French troops were ordered into Sarajevo, along with heavy artillery. An advance party left Sunday evening, but the main convoy remained in the central town of Vitez, 40 miles from Sarajevo.


Source: Associated Press (The Daily Oklahoman) - July 24, 1995
Submitted by: Wes Peters