Meanwhile, Serb soldiers in eastern Croatia grudgingly surrendered their weapons and uniforms, completing the demilitarisation of Croatia's last Serb-held region. The process is considered a key step in the re-establishment of Croatian government rule over an area that Serb rebels had controlled for almost five years. AP - Vienna
Bosnia's elections will probably go ahead as scheduled on 14 September, although conditions are far from ideal, the Swiss Foreign Minister - who has the final say on holding the vote - indicated yesterday. Flavio Cotti, chairman in office of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the security and human-rights group charged with organising the elections, said he would announce his final decision next Tuesday.