BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA: A KEY ROAD THROUGH ILIJAS REOPENS, AS MAINLY SERB SUBURB IS HANDED OVER TO BOSNIAN-CROAT...
- Title: BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA: A KEY ROAD THROUGH ILIJAS REOPENS, AS MAINLY SERB SUBURB IS HANDED OVER TO BOSNIAN-CROAT FEDERATION CONTROL
- Date: 29th February 1996
- Summary: VISOKO AND SURROUNDING AREA, NEAR SARAJEVO, BOSNIA (FEBRUARY 29, 1995) (REUTERS TELEVISION - ACCESS ALL) 1. SV CARS MOVING ALONG ROAD FROM SARAJEVO TO ZENICA 0.08 2. SV FEDERAL POLICE CONTROLLING TRAFFIC 0.25 3. SV WHITE CAR WITH FAMILY RETURNING TO HOUSE IN FORMERLY SERB-HELD SUBURB OF ILIJAS SAYING THEY HAD NO PROBLEM GETTING THROUGH TO ILIJAS BUT THEIR OLD HOME IS COMPLETELY DESTROYED (SERBO-CROAT) 0.49 4. TV VISOKO BUS SATION / PASSENGERS WAITING TO BOARD BUS FROM SARAJEVO TO ILIJAS (3 SHOTS) 1.10 5. SV BUSES ON ROAD 1.35 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Reuters ID: LVACUZECY875JTBBX1PPXF2EKHO8
- Location: VISOKO AND SURROUNDING AREA, NEAR SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
- Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Duration: 00:01:38
- Story Text: The road from the centre of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo to surrounding Moslem territory was opened for the first time in four years on Thursday (February 29) with the handing-over of the Serb suburb of Ilijas to Moslem-Croat Federation authority.
Federation control over Ilijas and Vogosca effectively lifts the Serb blockade of Sarajevo which began in April 1992, linking the capital with central Bosnia through the town of Visoko.
On Friday, bus services between central Sarajevo are to run through Ilijas, Visoko, Zenica to Moslem central Bosnia.
Separatist Serb troops controlled suburbs around Sarajevo throughout the 43-month Bosnian war, using the high ground to shell and snipe at government-held districts.
But the final territorial arrangement in the Dayton peace agreement handed five key suburbs, including Ilijas, from Bosnia's Serb republic to its Moslem-Croat Federation.
Tens of thousands of Serbs have fled the suburbs ahead of the transfer of authority, which must be complete by March 20.
Vogosca was handed over to Federation control six days before control of Ilijas passed from Serb to Federation authorities.
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