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Yeltsin Says Russian Troops Will Help Out In Bosnia

Wrapping up a two-day visit to France, Boris Yeltsin said Saturday that “of course” Russian troops would help enforce any Bosnian peace accord - but not under NATO command.

Yeltsin and French President Jacques Chirac, speaking at a joint news conference, each said their views converged on issues ranging from NATO’s eastward expansion to the future force in Bosnia.

“Of course Russian troops will participate” in any multinational force in Bosnia, the Russian president said. “But not under a NATO command. There will be coordination so that everything runs smoothly.”

Chirac said Russia “obviously can’t be absent from the system put in place to apply the peace plan.”

Later they flew to New York for the U.N. ceremonies.



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