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PRESS REVIEW FROM SLOVENIA

Ljubljana, 6 July - THE VEČER: A KNIFE IN THE BACK - The rumour that a Croatian territory, over which a Croatian leadership has full jurisdiction, has been proclaimed in the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina is sadly turning out to be true. The decision was put into effect on July 3, and as a commentator of T.V. BiH put it, it has driven a knife into the back of Bosnia and Herzegovina. "In adition to the so-called "Serbian Bosnia and Herzegovina", we now witness the formation of a "Croatian Bosnia and Herzegovina" as the next step in the plan to divide BiH into a Serbian and a Croatian sphere of interests, the existence of which, needless to say, is being denied by the authorities that have hatched out the plan, wrote Nikola Šoštarič. The official authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina have appointed a unified military supreme command and united all forces to fight the aggressor, but the power ratio leaves little hope that the battle hardened Croatian forces in BiH, heavily backed by Croatia, will obey what they regard as an imaginary military supreme command in Sarajevo. This item of news also sheds light on the ease with which Mostar and its surroundings were "purged" and why it has suddenly become relatively quiet on the Kupreš battlefield. It also lends credibility to at least a part of the information broadcast to the world by the Serbian propagandists which speaks of fighting between the Moslem and the Croatian units. If all this is true, we can expect more massacres in BiH and the complete genocide of the Moslems in this republic. In short, a holocaust, Yugoslav style, concluded Mr. Šoštarič.
THE SLOVENEC: TO THE RESCUE OF "FORT BUTMIR" - Watching the "thin, blue line" of U.N. soldiers worriedly taking up their positions on Sarajevo's Butmir Airport brought to mind one of the classical scenes of a typical Wild West movies: soldiers in a besieged fort awaiting the next attack by the Indians with apprehension and the distant bugle calls of the cavalry coming to the rescue. We can see that the Canadian cavalry has arrived after all - despite complications and a delay of several days. We watch as western carrier aircraft and the unsuccessful negotiators working for peace enter the fort at varying intervals, comments Andrej Vovko. In his article, Mr. Vovko goes on to ask himself how much "Fort Butmir" will contribute towards achieving the tragically distant goal of establishing peace in BiH and towards the conflagration of former Yugoslavia. The western world is easing its smarting conscience by sending humanitarian aid, while the war in BiH rages on unchecked. Well, at least those of the inhabitants which will receive relief will have the chance to die with their hunger abated, was the commentator's cynical conclusion.

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