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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, December 6, 1995 -Page 7
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NATO
endorses
Bosnia
operation
From Daily Wire Services
BRUSSELS, Belgium-NATO for-
mally endorsed the deployment of
60,000 combat troops to Bosnia yester-
day in a conspicuous display of unity
that included a French pledge of further
military reintegration in the alliance
that Paris has held at arm's length for
nearly three decades.
At a rare meeting of alliance foreign
and defense ministers - the first such
gathering since 1966 - NATO also
confirmed Spanish Foreign Minister
Javier Solana as its new secretary gen-
eral and announced additional steps
toward expansion into Eastern Europe.
With a vanguard of 2,600 NATO
logisticians and communications tech-
nicians already deploying to Bosnia
and Croatia, alliance ministers put their
signature on the peace implementation
plan pending the signing of a peace
treaty in Paris Dec. 14 and a U.N. Secu-
rity Council resolution authorizing
Operation Joint Endeavor.
Bush, Ford support
Bosnian mission
WASHINGTON - President
Clinton yesterday picked up support of
former Republican Presidents Bush and
Ford in his campaign to win congres-
sional backing for deployment of U.S.
peacekeeping troops in Bosnia but ran
into opposition from a key Senate GOP
leader.
The support from Bush and Ford -
and opposition from Majority Whip
Trent Lott (R-Miss.) - surfaced as
Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.)
acknowledging difficulties in drafting
a resolution of support for the deploy-
ment, said a vote now appears unlikely
before next week.
200 Mich. soldiers
to train for Bosnia
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon
on Monday ordered three Army Na-
tional Guardand Reserve unitsin Michi-
gan to begin training for possible duty
in the Bosnia peacekeeping operation.
The units are:
210th Military Police Headquar-

U.S. Army Sgt. Ron Wallace of Oakland, Calif. adjusts a communication antenna
on top of his vehicle at the Sarajevo airport yesterday.

ters and Headquarters Detachment, with
the Army National Guard in Taylor.
The 210th has 74 reservists.
1776th Military Police Company,
also with the Army National Guard in
Taylor. The company has 125 reserv-
ists.
0415th Civil Affairs BattalionArmy
Reserve, Kalamazoo. The total number
for the battalion was not disclosed, but
the military said it was small.
Rep. Levin gives
support after trip
WASHINGTON - U.S. military
leaders believe they can enforce the
peace in Bosnia, Michigan Rep. Sander
Levin (D-Royal Oak) said.
"They feel that their mission is de-
finedand limited and achievable," Levin
said Monday night after returning from
a four-day congressional fact-finding
trip to the Balkans.
"We're thereto give peace a chance,"
he said. "If they decide they want to
renew war, we should leave immedi-
ately."
The 15-member congressional delega-
tion flew to the former Yugoslavia to
meet with political and military leaders.
Sarajevo Serbs .say
they will fightpeace
. SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina
-Bosnian Serb leaders announced this
week that they would hold a referen-
dum Dec. 12 - two days before the

scheduled signing ceremony for the
accord - to ask citizens whether they
should accept the Dayton peace plan.
An overwhelming no vote is almost
certain.
The Serb mayors of many neighbor-
hoods have demanded the accord add a
few lines, guaranteeing Serbs be given
the right to stay in Sarajevo under their
own rule. If not, Serb leaders here have
called on citizens to "remain in their
ancestral land and to continue their battle."
But the U.N. spokesman here,
Alexander Ivanko, said yesterday: "If
there is a referendum, no matter what
the results, our understanding is that it
won't change the Dayton agreement.
... It's not up for renegotiation, it's only
up for signing."
Relief workers
prepare for troops
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina
- Humanitarian groups are bracing for
the impact ofthe 60,000-member NATO
force on the Bosnian landscape.
The Red Cross is earmarking emer-
gency aid to cope with the possibility
that tens of thousands of Bosnian Serbs
will trek across the brutally cold moun-
tain passes ringing Sarajevo, said agency
spokesman Beat Schweizer.
Some relief workers fear privately
that the Bosnian Serb leaders will use
women and children to block the U.S.-
led force from enforcing the accord in
the suburbs, a tactic employed previ-
ously against U.N. peacekeepers.

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