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The capital reeled under renewed bombardment Thursday, and the Bosnian government rejected Serb proposals to stop fighting and divide the war-torn republic.

Howitzers, mortars and multiple-rocket launchers pounded western suburbs of the besieged Bosnian city at dawn after a night of intense attacks from Serb positions in the north and northwest, government defense officials said.They reported one dead and 28 wounded overnight. Heavy mortar fire could later be heard in the morning from government forces' downtown positions.

The renewed fighting came just hours after the parliament of the self-proclaimed Bosnian Serb republic drafted a bargaining position for peace with Bosnia's beleaguered government.

The assembly, meeting in Serb-held Bijeljina, 75 miles northeast of Sarajevo, declared its intent to remain part of Yugoslavia, according to the Belgrade-based Tanjug news agency.

Delegates proposed a cease-fire and a "negotiated division" of Bosnia to begin at peace talks in Geneva, scheduled to start Friday, Tanjug reported.

But Kemal Muftic, the spokesman for Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic, rejected the proposal, saying of Bosnia: "It is impossible to divide it."

He said a cease-fire must be implemented before negotiations could resume.

In nearly six months of brutal warfare, at least 10,000 people have been killed.