The Croats and their UN escorts, in three French armoured personnel carriers, were stopped at a Serbian checkpoint as they headed toward Vares, in central Bosnia, hoping to ease tensions there after fighting between Croats and the Muslim-led Bosnian army.
A UN spokesman said about 50 Serbian soldiers surrounded the vehicles and abducted two of the Bosnian-Croats saying they were war criminals. The two, Jozo Andjic and Ferdo Dejanovic, were taken to a police station.
The incident, in a Serb-held suburb, highlights the low level of respect many have for UN troops.
Six buses began leaving Sarajevo for Belgrade with Serbian women, children and elderly men. Jarle Thorgersen, a logistics officer of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said 642 people were to be evacuated from Sarajevo in stages.Reuse content