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Sarajevo was besieged and on the brink of annihilation. Serbs entered the UN safe havens of Tuzla, Zepa, and Srebrenica, where they murdered by the thousands. Fighting abated and orderly elections were held in Sept. President Izetbegovic, a Bosnian Muslim, or Bosniak, won the majority of votes to become the leader of the three-member presidency, each representing one of the three ethnic groups.
The war did not begin to wane until NATO stepped in, bombing Serb positions in Bosnia in Aug. In 1961, Presidenf Tito in a park, and the famous Tunnel Museum.
The only way in or out of the city for the defenders was through a hand-dug tunnel beneath the airport runway, the battle-scarred house in which the entrance was hidden, forms the Tunnel Museum. This area has once again, like the Phoenix, risen from the ashes.
Sarajevo, has a delightful Ottoman-era center surrounded by Moorish Austro-Hungarian architecture, all set deep within a mountain valley. Its a photogenic, quaint, friendly city and it is a joy to wander through lanes wheezing with history.
Joseph Heller wrote in the book Catch-22, It doesn't make a damned bit of difference who wins the war to someone who's dead.
In April 1992 the city of Sarajevo fell under attack from Bosnian Serb military groups with the backing of the Serb-dominated Yugoslav army, who were against Bosnian independence.
Proudly the Olympic torch was lit and the momentous games played.Our first evening there we headed up into the mountain valley, and were welcomed by the warm, smiling residents.Intrepid Travel rates these folks as some of the friendliest on earth.Ottoman-era Latin Bridge is the site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which ignited World War I.This seems to be conflict central through the ages.