International mediators ended talks with Bosnia's presidency over a Serb-Croat plan to partition the country and suggested there was a glimmer of hope for peace negotiations at some point.
'I think there will be negotiations personally, but when is a more difficult question,' Lord Owen said as he and his fellow envoy Thorvald Stoltenberg emerged from talks with eight presidency members in Zagreb.
The meeting was a last-ditch effort to persuade Bosnia's presidency to consider the plan to carve up Bosnia into three confederated mini-states - the proposal was expected to be rejected. Lord Owen said an alternative plan for a federal Bosnia was in doubt because it had not been backed by all nine members. Hopes that the presidency would open talks on the Serb-Croat plan appeared to have been dashed on Friday when seven members said they would not accept it.
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