Letter: Need for immediate action in Bosnia - and the risks

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Sir: Your article 'Sarajevo cries out for UN action' (7 February) makes me feel more keenly the exasperation and sadness I have had for the people of the former Yugoslavia.

I am compelled to write to remind your readers - nearly all, I'm sure - who feel as frustrated and desperately saddened as I that the action John Major is calling for now was called for once before, at the very beginning of this terrible conflict, by the leader of the Liberal Democratic party, Paddy Ashdown. He is a politician with military experience, and if he had been listened to on this matter - which should know no political party boundaries in this country - countless thousands of men, women and children would, in all probability, still be alive today.

Yours faithfully,


Twyford, Hampshire

7 February