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Clinton Prods Croatia to Agree to Bosnia Compromise

August 03, 1996|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Under pressure from President Clinton, Croatia agreed Friday to dismantle a separate ministate in Bosnia-Herzegovina and accept internationally monitored elections in the city of Mostar, the White House said.

The developments followed a half-hour meeting between Clinton and Croatian President Franjo Tudjman. Tudjman also met with Vice President Al Gore, and members of his delegation conferred with State Department officials.

White House spokesman David Johnson said Clinton used Croatia's desire to become fully integrated with Western nations and institutions as a bargaining tool to obtain the Croatian agreements.

Johnson said a deadline of Aug. 8 has been set for the dissolution of the purely Croatian institutions into a united Croatian-Muslim Bosnian federation and implementation of the election in Mostar, where a one-vote Muslim majority was elected to serve on the city council.

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