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Report: NATO Using Bosnian Airspace

May 23, 1999

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) _ NATO is using Bosnian airspace for its raids on Yugoslavia without government consent, Serbian television said Saturday, showing footage of what it said were NATO bombers flying and refueling over Bosnia.

It was impossible to tell from the footage where the film was shot.

NATO officials have denied using Bosnian airspace for military actions against Yugoslavia, saying its flights above the country are routine peace patrols.

Since the Bosnian war ended in 1995, Bosnia has been supervised and largely controlled by foreign officials and a NATO-led peace force.

Unlike other neighbors of Yugoslavia, Bosnia has not given consent to NATO to use its airspace for the bombing campaign. Bosnian Serbs are opposed to it, and they are part of Bosnia’s central government, run jointly with Muslims and Croats.

The sound of jet planes has sharply intensified in Bosnia since airstrikes against Yugoslavia began March 24.

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