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Serbs, Muslims Sign Agreement to Loosen 23-Month-Long Stranglehold of Sarajevo

March 18, 1994|Associated Press

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Serbs and Muslims gave Sarajevo hope Thursday for an end to the city's crippling 23-month siege: a breakthrough agreement to partly open a road to the outside world.

The U.N.-brokered agreement, which also links divided sectors of the capital to civilian traffic, is the latest sign that the Bosnian war is winding down.

Still, officials on both sides warned the city was far from free or united, and some residents expressed skepticism after nearly two years of bloodletting among neighbors.

"The siege will not be over until all citizens can be transported freely," Hasan Muratovic, the Bosnian minister for relations with the United Nations, said after signing the agreement.

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