December 10, 1995 in Nation/World

The Buildup In Bosnia Continues

Associated Press

A brief look at events concerning Bosnia and related developments.

The buildup of troops in Bosnia continued on schedule, although heavy fog forced the cancellation of all U.N. and NATO flights into Sarajevo on Saturday, Haselock said.

The first three C-130 Hercules transport planes carrying 110 U.S. soldiers landed at Taszar airfield in southern Hungary.

President Clinton said the 20,000 U.S. troops expected in Bosnia should leave after a year, regardless of how much they have accomplished.

In an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” taped Friday for broadcast Sunday night, he said that even if war returns after the troops leave, “we gave them a chance.”

At the London conference, the United States warned that Bosnians who break the peace or elude war crimes tribunals will forfeit aid.

“Reconstruction funds are not a right,” said Madeleine K. Albright, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

The first NATO forces ever to be stationed in Hungary, a former member of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact, arrived Saturday in the town of Taszar, in an area that borders Croatia and is close to the area of northeastern Bosnia where U.S. troops will deploy to police peace.

The planes brought 110 troops, the vanguard of a force that will eventually comprise about 3,000 U.S. soldiers.

They will be responsible for logistics and movement of most of the 20,000 U.S. troops in the NATO-led force in Bosnia.

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