Bosnian Serb Leader Accepts Aid Corridors
THE leader of Bosnia's Serbs, Radovan Karadzic, said yesterday he had accepted the principle of land corridors for humanitarian aid in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Mr. Karadzic told reporters after an hour of talks in London with European Community mediator Lord Carrington that the Serb community was also ready for an unconditional cease-fire.
"We have accepted to grant ground corridors for humanitarian aid and an airlift for humanitarian aid," Karadzic said. "There are good signs we will strike an agreement here."
An international airlift of supplies to the besieged Bosnian capital Sarajevo is already under way. Western leaders last week also discussed a land route but decided they would need UN authority to give it armed protection.
Karadzic criticized the international community, accusing it of putting pressure only on the Serbs in Bosnia. They "must put pressure on all three sides and not just the Serbs," he said.
Karadzic was the first of the leaders of the three warring factions in Bosnia to meet Lord Carrington for EC peace talks being held here.
As Karadzic walked out of one door, Bosnia's Muslim Foreign Minister Haris Silajdzic entered by another door 20 yards away. The leader of the Croat community, Marte Boban, was expected later. Karadzic said he was ready to meet the other two leaders at any time for face-to-face talks.