While Muslim leaders in Sarajevo resist pressure to carve Bosnia into ethnic states for Muslims, Serbs and Croats, Serbian nationalist leaders are looking beyond partition toward the extinction of Muslims as an independent political force.
Leaders of the Serbian nationalists in Bosnia, whose forces already control more than 70 percent of this former Yugoslav republic, have said they are prepared to exchange land in a peace settlement and allow Muslims to have what they call "a small Muslim state" surrounded by larger states for Croats and Serbs.This is the plan that the presidents of Serbia and Croatia, Slobodan Milosevic and Franjo Tudjman, have put forward in outline form at international peace talks in Geneva and that the Muslim-led Bosnian government has rejected.
But as Serbian nationalist officials discussed the stalled Geneva talks this past week, there was a recurrent warning to President Alija Izetbegovic of Bosnia that the consequences could be more dire.
Training for peace
About half of the 300 U.S. Army troops sent to Macedonia this month began training Saturday for U.N. peacekeeping duties under the tutelage of a Scandinavian commander.
The defense minister was reported as saying he would appeal to President Clinton for up to 10,000 more American troops if war broke out.
The Berlin Brigade soldiers are preparing to join 700 Swedes, Norwegians, Finns and Danes monitoring Macedonia's northern frontier.
The training in tactics to patrol the border and secure observation posts is taking place at barracks near Skopje's airport, where the Americans are based.