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SHELLS ROCK BATTLEFIELDS IN BOSNIA

Bosnia's northern battlefields were rocked by hundreds of mortar and artillery shells Friday as the U.N. special envoy pressed to renew a defunct cease-fire.

Fierce duels erupted all around the northern Posavina corridor, a slender but vital Serb supply route linking Serb-held areas of Croatia and Bosnia with Serbia proper.Many of the shells fell on Bosnian Croat positions near the corridor, said Lt. Col. Gary Coward, a U.N. spokesman. Bosnian Croats are allied with the Muslim-led Bosnian government, and their participation is crucial to cut the Serb corridor.

U.N. officials said artillery duels raged throughout the night and continued early Friday.

The fighting made a further mockery of a four-month truce that expires May 1 and the United Nations wants extended. In Sarajevo, U.N. special envoy Yasushi Akashi met for a second round of talks Friday with government officials, but no agreement was reached.

The heaviest fighting was just south of the Bosnian-Croatian border. Croatian state-run television accused Serbs in Bosnia of firing seven mortar rounds into the border village of Rajevo Selo Thursday night.