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Bosnia/Croatia: U.S. Praises Cooperation

Washington, 12 August 1997 (RFE/RL) - The U.S. says it is pleased with the spirit of cooperation shown by Bosnian Muslim and Croat leaders at U.S.-mediated talks in the former Yugoslav republic over the weekend.

State Department spokesman James Rubin said yesterday Croatian President Franjo Tudjman and Bosnian Muslim president Alija Izetbegovic made a series of what Rubin called concrete commitments to resolve outstanding problems in Bosnia.

The leaders met special U.S. envoy to the Bosnian peace talks, Richard Holbrooke. Rubin says Holbrooke spoke of a new spirit of cooperation shown by the presidents.

Holbrooke went to the region to try and speed up implementation of the Dayton peace agreement that ended a civil war in Bosnia two years ago.