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Envoy urges putting troops in Yugoslavia

Special U.N. envoy Cyrus Vance recommended Wednesday that the United Nations go ahead with a peace-keeping force in Yugoslavia, diplomats said, adding that they expected the secretary-general to approve.

Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali has called a meeting on Yugoslavia today of the five permanent members of the Security Council _ the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China.

The final decision on sending an estimated 10,000 U.N. peace-keepers to the troubled country will be up to the Security Council, whose European members have been pushing strongly for deployment as soon as possible.

They believe that a cease-fire negotiated by Vance early in January was holding fairly well despite some violations and that postponement of the force might lead to renewed fierce fighting.

Thousands have been killed, most of them civilians, in the 7-month-old war, which began after Croatia and Slovenia declared their independence last June. Serb minorities rebelled, and Yugoslav federal troops intervened to support them.

The U.N. force would replace the Yugoslav army in three regions of the republic where Serbs now rule.