Serbs announce withdrawal from Gorazde

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LONDON (Agencies) - Bosnian Serbs said yesterday they had completed their withdrawal from the besieged town of Gorazde and had begun placing heavy weapons under UN supervision. A statement received in London from Pale, near the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, said eight heavy weapons positions had been 'assigned' to the UN Protection Force yesterday. At last week's London conference on Yugoslavia, the leader of Bosnia's Serbs, Radovan Karadzic, pledged Serbian forces would place heavy artillery around Sarajevo, Bihac, Gorazde and Jajce under UN control.

At the same time, Serbian forces were reported to be closing in on Bosanski Brod in northern Bosnia after pounding the town with heavy artillery. Heavy fighting was also reported from Sarajevo.

In Bonn, the new EC envoy, Lord Owen, was urged by Germany's Foreign Minister, Klaus Kinkel, to aim for tougher enforcement of trade sanctions against Serbia when new Yugoslav peace talks start this week.