No easy division for ethnically mixed Bosnia: Children sang in the street below as a wedding celebration got under way Monday in Sarajevo for a Bosnian Serb soldier and his new Muslim wife. And therein lies Bosnia's problem.
How do you partition Bosnia-Herzegovina into three ethnic mini-states when its Slavic Muslims, Roman Catholic Croats and Eastern Orthodox Serbs have mingled and intermarried for centuries?
European Community officials were trying on Monday to convince Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic to accept a tripartite division of Bosnia so that Muslims at least get something out of the war they are losing.
But Hasan Zolic, director of Bosnia's bureau of statistics, scoffed at the plan. "It's impossible to divide Bosnia," Zolic said.
Of the more than 1-million married couples in Bosnia-Herzegovina at the latest census in 1991, 40 percent were "mixed," he said. In Sarajevo, the ratio was 46 percent.
Even Belgrade, the Yugoslav capital that once governed over Bosnia, had a high proportion of "mixed" marriages.
In many cases, those in "mixed" couples are children of "mixed" marriages. Their children further blur the blood lines invoked by nationalist extremists to whip up hatred in Bosnia's 15-month-old war.
"I think it's madness to divide anything, including Bosnia," said Ines Lucic, 11, the daughter of a Muslim-Croat union. Her Croat father died last year defending Sarajevo against Bosnian Serbs.
Croat Serbs vote to back Bosnian brothers: Croatia's ethnic Serbs have voted overwhelmingly to unite with Serbs in neighboring Bosnia, the Tanjug news agency reports.
The Belgrade-based Tanjug, citing unofficial results Monday, said 95 percent of those who voted in a weekend referendum favored union. Official results were expected today.
The referendum asked voters in the Serb-controlled Krajina region of Croatia whether they wanted to unite with Bosnian Serbs, who voted overwhelmingly last month to establish an independent state of their own.
Yugoslavia _ made up now only of Serbia and Montenegro _ has not recognized the two Serb self-proclaimed states. Croatia has declared the referendum illegal and invalid.
Serbs want inner Sarajevo: Not all Bosnians feel the same as Ines Lucic. On Monday, Momcilo Krajisnik, speaker of the Bosnian Serbs' self-declared parliament, said his people wanted control of the inner districts of Sarajevo, the Bosnian capital, as part of the plan to divide Bosnia.
And all sides continued fighting Monday to gain ground. Croatian radio reported Bosnian government forces were attacking some of its central Bosnian positions.
On the Serb-Muslim front, fighting raged around Brcko, a city in northeastern Bosnia captured by Serbs early in the war.
_ Associated Press