UN soldiers in Sarajevo where three years into the conflict the peacekeepers are in crisis
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Sarajevo: UN mission in crisis as war returns

Three years into the siege of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War, the regular shelling of the city returned.

Despite placing their weapons under UN control in 1994, the Serbs resumed their attacks.

In May, the Serbs took hundreds of peacekeepers hostage after a NATO airstrike on a Serb weapons dump.

They were later released but a government offensive to break out of the city saw a dramatic upsurge in fighting.

Conditions were sliding back to the worst days of war. The UN, stuck in the middle, was apparently powerless to intervene.

Jeremy Bowen reports in 1994.

  • 04 Apr 2012
  • From the section Europe