NATO action delayed
NATO ambassadors ended a daylong session Thursday without deciding to launch the first 2,600 of the 60,000 troops slated for peace enforcement in Bosnia.
The North Atlantic Council, NATO’s top policy-making body, was to meet again today to resume discussions on the authorization document and on the overall military operations plan.
No official explanation was given for the failure to reach agreement.
There was some disagreement over wording in the document and capitals of the North Atlantic Council had to be consulted, delaying approval.
Dole urges GOP support
Effectively ending any prospect that Congress would block President Clinton from sending U.S. peacekeepers to Bosnia, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole urged Republicans Thursday to set aside “partisan posturing” and support the troops.
He said he plans to introduce a resolution supporting the troops and take it up for a vote within two weeks.
Clinton’s approval rating drops
Public disapproval of Clinton’s handling of the Bosnia situation has grown to 50 percent in the last two weeks, including after his televised appeal Monday for public support to send U.S. troops as peacekeepers, an ABC News poll found.
The disapproval margin for Clinton’s policy rose from 39 percent on Nov. 13 to 50 percent Wednesday, with approval falling from 44 percent to 40 percent, the network reported Thursday.
U.N. peacekeepers pulling out
Shutting down a U.N. force that cost billions and failed to bring peace, the Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to end its 3-1/2-year-old mission in Bosnia by Jan. 31.
The council also agreed to close its peacekeeping mission in Croatia by Jan. 15. Croatia had demanded an end to the U.N. mission there.