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The United Nations could move quickly to enforce a no-fly zone over the former Yugoslavia if peace talks between warring factions fail, President Bush and French President Francois Mitterrand said Sunday in Paris.

After two hours of talks, Bush and Mitterrand emphasized that the peace conference under way in Geneva should be given a chance to succeed."A diplomatic answer is absolutely essential at some point in time, the sooner the better, to stop the suffering, to stop the killing," Bush said at a joint news conference with the French president.

But Mitterrand added: "It's clear that a purely diplomatic approach has not worked. If required, other measures of another kind could be taken but this should not lead us to precipitate matters."

A resolution to enforce the U.N. ban on Serbian flights over Bosnia-Herzegovina can be pushed through the United Nations "fairly soon," Bush said at a news conference with Mitterrand at the Elysees Palace.