Geneva, March 18 (RFE/RL) - The Russian government has
reconsidered its position and has sent an observer to today's meeting
of the five-nation contact group and Balkan leaders with U.S.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher in Geneva.
The Russians initially had said the meeting was unnecessary and
they would boycott it because Russia is hosting a similar meeting of
the contact group and Balkan Foreign Ministers in Moscow on Saturday.
They reconsidered their position after Christopher telephoned
Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov and urged Russia to attend.
Christopher told reporters last night that today's talks are
designed to support the Moscow meeting and to ensure that it will be
a success. He said implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords in
Bosnia is a difficult task and that it would be useful even to have
daily diplomatic meetings.