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Bosnia: US Comdemns Mostar Violence

By Sona Winter

Washington, 11 February 1997 (RFE/RL) - The United States has condemned violence in the Bosnian-Herzegovinian city of Mostar and urged Bosnian Croats to exercise maximum restraint.

U.S. State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns said yesterday that the United States calls on Croat authorities and civilians in Mostar to refrain from violence and not repeat recent aggressive acts.

Yesterday some 40 people were injured and at least one person died when Bosnian Croats opened fire on Muslims visiting a cemetery in the Croat-controlled half of the divided city.

Burns said the United States will continue to closely follow the situation in Mostar. He noted that U.S. Assistant Secretary of State John Kornblum discussed the ethnic problems there during high-level talks in Sarajevo last week.