UN may approve air raids

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The Independent Online
THE HAGUE (Reuter) - The UN Secretary-General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, yesterday said he would approve the use of air power in the former Yugoslavia if so requested by his special representative there, Yasushi Akashi. 'Until now I have never received any request to use air power. If we receive a request I will certainly give the green light,' he said. Mr Boutros-Ghali, who has asked Mr Akashi to draw up a detailed plan for a possible military operation, said he would authorise the use of air power if the replacement of Canadian troops by a Dutch battalion was prevented from taking place in the Serb-besieged enclave of Srebrenica. 'I hope that in the next few days we will have a very precise plan to use force in the case we won't be allowed to do the rotation in Srebrenica,' he said.