PALE, Bosnia-Herzegovina _ Bosnian Serb television has its own take on rebel Serb attacks: the conquest of Srebrenica was a triumph over ``Muslim terrorist elements.''

No matter that the world considers Srebrenica, which fell on July 11; Zepa, which is tottering; and Gorazde, the best-defended Muslim enclave in eastern Bosnia, as U.N.-protected ``safe areas'' for Muslim civilians.

The Bosnian Serbs say the enclaves harbor government troops who were using the supposedly demilitarized areas to target Serb civilians.

``If the Muslims in Gorazde do launch another offensive, we are certainly going to defend ourselves,'' Aleksa Buha, a senior Bosnian Serb official, told The Associated Press on Saturday. ``No one can stop us from doing so.''

Bosnian Serb TV in Pale and Banja Luka, the largest towns in Serb-held Bosnia, gave prime time to the fall of Srebrenica. They also reported that Zepa had fallen, but U.N. officials said Bosnian government forces remained in control Saturday.

There was very little footage from either enclave and no mention of alleged Serb atrocities. The Muslim-led government and those fleeing Srebrenica say hundreds, if not thousands, were massacred by the Serbs.

But the TV footage did show army commander Gen. Ratko Mladic and Serb soldiers handing out chocolate to civilians in Srebrenica, and Mladic sealing an agreement with two civilians in Zepa with wine and cigarettes.

On Thursday, Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic congratulated army headquarters and the police for ``the brilliant victories in Srebrenica and Zepa and crushing of the latest Muslim offensive'' from Sarajevo.

Maj. Gen. Radislav Krstic, a popular commander who lost a leg to an anti-personnel mine last year and led both offensives, was promoted.

Statements from Karadzic and other aides indicate the Bosnian Serbs intend to use the victories to force new peace talks on their terms.

The Serbs have repeatedly rejected a plan devised by the United States, Britain, France, Germany and Russia that would give a Bosnian Croat and Muslim federation 51 percent and the minority Serbs 49 percent of Bosnia.

That plan ``was designed for the sole purpose of meeting Muslim demands, it aimed at fragmenting our territory,'' a ranking Bosnian Serb said on condition of anonymity. ``Now that Zepa and Srebrenica fell, our land is more a compact entity.''

For some Serb soldiers, winning control of Zepa would avenge the killing of fellow soldiers there in June 1992. In that battle, a Serb column of about 300 soldiers was approaching the enclave when it was hemmed in by government troops. About 60 Serbs were killed and 70 wounded. The rest escaped.

``You know, right after the bloody day, I lost 16 kilos (35 pounds) in less than two months ... it all filled me with disgust,'' battle survivor Bogdan Vukadin, 52, said after hearing the Bosnian Serb declaration that Zepa had fallen. ``But now we got even with them.''

The 1992 fight also came up Wednesday when Mladic, the Bosnian Serb commander, held talks with representatives of Zepa's civilians on surrender terms after his forces encircled and shelled the area of 20 or so villages.

``If we succeed in reaching an agreement on all-for-all exchange of POWs and other detainees from both sides, I will not take what happened that June into account,'' Mladic said in a filmed military interview.

Mladic was proposing that all males in Zepa aged 18 to 55 be detained as prisoners of war, to be exchanged for Bosnian Serbs held by the Muslim-led government. Bosnian leaders rejected Mladic's terms.