Letter: Military action in Sarajevo: false parallels, other cities and deadly claims

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Sir: Unless the Independent is one step ahead of the United Nations officials in Sarajevo, how can it justify the claim (leading article; 'An ultimatum now, talks later', 8 February) that 'one Bosnian Serb mortar round' caused the 'carnage' - the revulsion over which is, I am sure, deeply shared by all Serbs here in Britain - in Sarajevo last Saturday? Or are your sources of information inaccessible to UN officials stationed in


It seems ironic, but it does not take someone long to realise that the Slav-Muslims of Bosnia stand to gain most politically, morally and strategically, from the slaughter of innocent civilians.

Yours sincerely,



8 February