Serb and Muslim forces clashed in Sarajevo and across Bosnia on Tuesday after the international community rejected the Bosnian Serbs' call for more talks on the latest peace plan.
In the northwestern enclave of Bihac, forces loyal to the Muslim-led Bosnian government were "mopping up" after bombarding hundreds of rebel Muslim troops surrounded after months of fighting, the United Nations said.A U.N. spokesman described the situation in the town of Pecigrad in the Bihac pocket as "a mini-Stalingrad" for the Muslim forces trapped there.
The United Nations was working to reconvene talks broken off by Bosnian Serbs who complained of Muslim-led Bosnian army offensives.
Fighting between the two sides were reported in and around Sarajevo and in northern and eastern Bosnia, a United Nations spokesman said.
The Bosnian Serbs' call for more negotiations on the latest peace plan was turned down by the major powers - the United States, Russia, Britain, Germany and France - who insisted that the Serbs must accept the proposal in full.
The Serbs called Monday for talks on the division of Bosnia between them and the Muslim-Croat alliance and for guarantees of sovereignty for their self-declared Bosnian Serb republic before they would accept the plan.
A senior Bosnian Serb leader said they might call a referendum on the peace plan. A referendum last year produced an overwhelming "no" to the earlier Vance-Owen peace plan.