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BALKAN UPDATE

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Fighting raged in north, central and southern Bosnia as the three factions battled for territory. Bosnian radio said MAGLAJ was intensely bombarded for the third straight day. U.N. officials said fighting appeared to have been heavy, but they have been unable to send observers.

The Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic said he would seek international recognition for a Bosnian Serb republic within its present borders if the Muslims refuse to accept a confederation plan.

Efforts to make progress on guaranteeing the security of safe havens for the Muslims hit fresh obstacles in SARAJEVO when Bosnian Serb and Croatian leaders pulled out of participating in the talks personally.

In BELGRADE, Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic snubbed an appeal by the wife of French President Francois Mitterrand for the release of jailed Serbian opposition leader Vuk Draskovic, who is on hunger strike in prison. Mr. Milosevic said he could not interfere with the Serbian Supreme Court, which turned down Mr.Draskovic's appeal yesterday.

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