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Meeting of Balkan leaders delayed

February 15, 1996
Web posted at: 12:45 p.m. EST (1745 GMT)

ROME (CNN) -- A two-day summit for Balkan leaders involved in the Bosnian peace process has been delayed until Saturday so the agenda and other details can be firmed up.

The meeting is meant to remind the leaders of their obligations under the Dayton peace accord. The meeting of Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian presidents had been set to start Friday in Rome, the Italian foreign ministry said.

Also attending the so-called expanded Contact Group meeting will be officials from Russia, France, Britain, Germany, Canada, Italy and the United States.

The U.S.-brokered peace agreement ended nearly four years of war in Bosnia -- and the worst carnage in Europe since World War II.

Troop deployment complete

The U.S. Army announced Thursday that the deployment of troops to Bosnia has been completed.

With 17,685 troops in Bosnia proper and a total of more than 25,000 troops involved in the operation, including support personnel in surrounding nations, the Army says it now up to full strength for Operation Joint Endeavour.

The Clinton administration had said it was willing to commit up to 20,000 U.S. troops to the NATO operation, but it now appears the total will not top 18,000.

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