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U.N. OFFICIALS TRY TO SAVE ACCORD ON WATER, POWER

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U.N. officials struggled Wednesday to save a fragile accord that would restore power and water to Sarajevo. New outbreaks of fighting and ethnic cleansing were reported elsewhere in Bos-nia.

About 20 percent of Sarajevo's 380,000 residents received running water Wednesday for the first time since June 21, when the entire city's power and water supplies were cut off. Water also started running in the Serb-held suburb of Ilidza.But Maj. Nicolas Studer, chief engineer of the U.N. peacekeeping force, said the Serb forces besieging Sarajevo broke their promise to restore natural gas, jeopardizing the entire accord to restore all utilities to the city.

With the city reduced to only 2 percent of its regular supply of water, fears of spreading disease had mounted as people resorted to using unclean water.