As Bosnian Serbs protested for a third day, their leader voiced a chilling threat that the peace accord initialed last week _ to be enforced, in part, by American troops _ will turn Bosnia's capital into a Beirut.
The "agreement has created a new Beirut in Europe," Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic said Sunday, referring to the Lebanese capital city virtually leveled by years of civil strife.
"It is going to bleed for decades," he said.
Later, Karadzic called for "a new solution" _ a new agreement _ regarding the division of Sarajevo.
Bosnian Serbs are outraged that the Dayton, Ohio, accord grants control of the capital's Serb-held suburbs to the Muslim-led Bosnian government.
About 120,000 Bosnian Serbs live in Sarajevo and its environs.
They are a bitter and well-armed populace that regards the Dayton agreement as a betrayal.
In Sarajevo, angry groups of young men have started to stone and flip U.N. vehicles passing through Serbian sections of the city.
Police and security forces prevented one demonstration Sunday in the suburb of Ilidza, fearing that it could turn violent. Another has been called for Tuesday.
"We will still fight," said Nedjeljko Prstajevic, Ilidza's mayor, his voice quivering with emotion. "And if the multinational force tries to drive us from our homes, or take away our right to defend ourselves, there will be no authority on Earth, including the Serbian authorities, that can stop us.
"We will not leave," he said. "We will not withdraw. And we will not live under Muslim rule."
Top Serb commanders and political leaders have been holding daily meetings with Karadzic, including one that ended at 4 a.m. Sunday, in a bid to find another way to redraw the city boundaries.
The Clinton administration, insisted that the accord, initialed by the presidents of Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, will be signed next month in Paris without revisions.
"Dayton was an initialing," said Assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke, the principal U.S. negotiator in the Dayton talks. "Paris will be the signing. There will be no change between Dayton and Paris."
Karadzic's comments likely are aimed both at restless Bosnian Serbs and skittish American legislators, who will consider Clinton's proposal to deploy more than 20,000 U.S. troops as part of a 60,000-strong NATO force to monitor the peace accord.
Karadzic did initial the agreement Thursday in a meeting with Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic.
He has since, however, demanded that the provisions regarding Sarajevo's suburbs be renegotiated before the signing ceremony in Paris.
Karadzic, who has been indicted by a U.N. war crimes tribunal, is not expected by western leaders to attend the ceremony.
But he said Sunday that he will be at Paris. "I am a legal and legitimate representative of my people," Karadzic said.
He warned that his arrest or the arrest of other Bosnian Serb leaders _ his military chief has also been indicted by The Hague court _ would put NATO lives at risk.
If arrests are made, "then our country will not accept NATO presence," Karadzic said. "They have to be quite clear that they are guests."
But it's increasingly likely that the NATO-led troops will not be threatened by organized resistance, but by angry women and children, lone snipers and renegade bands of armed men determined to thwart a plan that would drive them from their homes and negate all they have fought to achieve.
Sarajevo, carved up between Bosnian Serbian and Bosnian government troops, has been the site of vicious fighting in nearly four years of war.
Most of the continuing resistance will probably come from the Serbs, who have lost the most territory with this agreement, U.N. peacekeepers said.