Toledo Blade, p.2
3 February 1993.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A man died when machine gun fire raked a funeral yesterday in Sarajevo, as the Bosnian capital came under heavy Serbian attack. A translator with a U.N. aid convoy was killed elsewhere in war-torn Bosnia.
Rival Serbs and Croats, meanwhile, battled in Croatia, where a Croatian offensive 12 days ago broke a year-old cease-fire.
Serbian-dominated Yugoslavia warned it was being pushed into the Croatian conflict, which threatens to plunge the Balkans into a wider war.
The head of U.N. peacekeepers in former Yugoslavia, Gen. Sataish Nambiar, said in Belgrade that tensions were rising throughout Serb-held regions of Croatia.
In Sarajevo, 300 mourners at a funeral in the Bosniak old town scattered under machine-gun fire. Dr. Faruk Kulenovic of Kosevo hospital said one man died and 14 were wounded.
Two women were wounded in an artillery assault on Sarajevo’s military police headquarters, and one man was killed in a Serb mortar attack on the downtown presidency building.
In southern Bosnia, Croatia’s HINA news agency reported fierce Serb artillery barrages on the Croat-held city of Mostar. It said Serb artillery and infantry units appeared poised to launch a major offensive on the central town of Tomislavgrad.
A translator accompanying a U.N. aid convoy was killed by Serb artillery near Mostar, said Veso Vegar, a spokesman for Croat forces.
In a bid to revive a stalled peace plan governing Bosnia, Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic proposed in a memorandum to British Prime Minister John Major that Sarajevo come under U.N. administration.
Mr. Karadzic proposed that the United Nations appoint a mayor and up to five commissioners for utilities and humanitarian aid, to enable free movement within the city, besieged by Serbs for 10 months.
London had no immediate reaction.