Adriatic transit rights talks

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 September, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 September, 1998, 12:00am

Croatian and Bosnian negotiators have made a breakthrough over transit rights and port use on the Adriatic coast, according to US diplomats.

Jacques Klein, deputy representative in Bosnia, and US envoy Richard Sclar told Croatian television the parties had laid down the outlines of an agreement, which has yet to be endorsed by the two governments.

'After Zagreb and Sarajevo make their decisions we shall start a legal procedure, which we cannot discuss now,' Mr Sclar said.

The diplomats said the accord regulated Bosnia's right to use the port of Ploce in southern Croatia and Croatia's right to free transit through Bosnia's short strip of the Adriatic, around the town of Neum, which bisects Croatia's coastline.