BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA: FIRST PASSENGER BUS IN 42 MONTHS LEAVES SARAJEVO UNDER U.N ESCORT.
- Title: BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA: FIRST PASSENGER BUS IN 42 MONTHS LEAVES SARAJEVO UNDER U.N ESCORT.
- Date: 29th October 1995
- Summary: SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (OCTOBER 29, 1995) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV BUS AT ROADSIDE WITH UNITED NATIONS (U.N.) TROOPS 0.03 2. SLV U.N. SOLDIER WITH SNIFFER DOG SEARCH BUS 0.10 3. SV U.N. TROOPS CHECKING DOCUMENTS 0.15 4. GV/SLV PEOPLE WAITING WITH BAGS (3 SHOTS) 0.33 5. SV TANK, PART OF UNITED NATIONS PROTECTION FORCE (UNPROFOR) ESCORT 0.35 6. SV UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN 1# SAYING SHE'S SORRY TO HAVE TO CROSS WHERE SHE WAS BORN UNDER FOREIGN ESCORT (SERBO-CROAT) 0.45 7. SV UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN 2# WITH CHILD SAYING SHE IS GLAD SHE HAS LIVED LONG ENOUGH AMID THE CONFLICT TO BE ABLE TO LEAVE CITY (SERBO-CROAT) 0.55 8. SV/VARIOUS POLICE CHECKING BAGS/PEOPLE (4 SHOTS) 1.26 9. SLV/SV PEOPLE IN BUS (2 SHOTS) 1.35 10. LV/PAN UNPROFOR ESCORT LEADING CONVOY/ BUS LEAVING/ WIDE VIEW ROAD (4 SHOTS) 2.00 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
- Duration: 00:02:00
- Story Text: The first passenger buses in 42 months left Sarajevo under United Nations (U.N.) escort on Sunday (October 29), in another step towards lifting the Serb siege of the Bosnian capital.
One bus with about a dozen passengers left for Kiseljak, about 30 km (17 miles) northwest of Sarajevo. It made it safely through the Serb-held suburb of Ilidza with no obstruction at Serb checkpoints, witnesses said.
A second bus, which was full, left for Zagreb by the same route. Both buses were accompanied by French U.N. peacekeepers in armoured personnel carriers (apcs) and armoured cars.
The main road west has been closed to civilians since the siege of Sarajevo began in April 1992.
United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) soldiers used sniffer dogs to check the buses before they left.
For most of the passengers it was the first time they had journeyed outside Sarajevo since the beginning of the Bosnian conflict in 1992. Most said they were travelling to meet family members.
One unidentified woman travelling to Kiseljak with her eight-year-old daughter said she had been born and brought up in Illidza and was unhappy that her journey was possible only with a foreign escort.
Another unidentified woman said she was glad to be leaving Sarajevo for the first time since the war began and added that she was pleased she had lived long enough to do it.
U.N. officials say they want the roads to be opened as much as possible in order to create a good atmosphere for peace talks between the Moslem-led government, Serbs and Bosnian Croats, due to begin in the United States on Wednesday.
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