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Plan would return seized Croat land

October 4, 1995
Web posted at: 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT)

From State Department Correspondent Steve Hurst

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A framework plan for Croatian Serbs to reintegrate the key region of Eastern Slavonia into Croatia proper has been worked out. It is expected to pave the way for Serbs to return land that was seized from Croatia earlier in the Balkans war.

Burns

The deal was made Tuesday in Eastern Slavonia among the Serbian leaders there and U.S. Ambassador to Croatia Peter Galbraith and U.N. negotiator Thorvald Stoltenberg.

State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns said the Eastern Slavonia deal "is tantamount to the September 8th pact," under which the foreign ministers of Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia agreed to the framework plan for any future peace agreement. The Eastern Slavonia plan still must be approved by Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic and Croatian President Franjo Tudjman.

The 11-point plan, given exclusively to CNN, contains the following provisions:

Secretary of State Warren Christopher called the plan a significant step. "I think we'll be talking about that in the region. It's a first step, but I think it's a significant one, and as I have said before, dealing with the problem of Eastern Slavonia is one of the key elements of the picture."


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