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Clinton, Senate Skirmish Over Repeal Of Bosnia Arms Embargo

Wed., July 26, 1995, midnight

The war in Bosnia moved to the Senate floor Tuesday.

As the Senate opened debate on a long-awaited bill that calls for an end to American participation in the arms embargo against Bosnia, the Clinton Administration waged a final offensive to prevent its passage.

Secretary of State Warren Christopher and Pentagon Secretary William Perry lobbied Democrats at their weekly lunch to vote against the bill, which has come to represent a battle as much against the bill itself as against its sponsor, Senate Majority leader Bob Dole.

“We strongly oppose the Dole amendment,” Christopher told reporters after the lunch, repeating the administration’s line that such a move would require the end of the United Nations peacekeeping mission, the deployment of American ground troops to withdraw them and the Americanization of the Bosnian war.


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