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Germany Stalls U.N. Mission to Yugoslavia

Associated Press

Germany on Saturday derailed the U.N. Security Council’s plan to send an advance observer mission to war-torn Yugoslavia.

Fearing an escalation in Yugoslavia’s civil war, the Security Council had been ready to send an advance party of 10 monitors to pave the way for deployment of a 10,000-strong peacekeeping force.

But a letter from German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher to U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar threw the plan into disarray at the 11th hour, delaying a vote on the peacekeeping plan for at least a day.

Germany is promising to recognize the independence of Croatia and Slovenia by Christmas.

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Perez de Cuellar had said “premature” recognition of Croatia and Slovenia would widen the conflict.

Genscher’s letter retorted that failing to recognize would only reward the aggressors--meaning Serbia and the Serbian-led army.


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