Yugoslavia's reformist federal premier could soon be forced from office by the same internal disputes that are wracking the country, according to officials and news reports.

Leaders of Yugoslavia's six squabbling republics, who failed Thursday to reach agreement on the country's future, said they would discuss the future of Premier Ante Markovic at their next session in April.The presidents appeared as far apart as ever over the makeup of Yugoslavia when they appeared at a news conference in the port city of Split late Thursday.

But there is speculation Markovic won't last much longer in office despite backing from the West, including support from President Bush.

The official Yugoslav news agency Tanjug on Friday quoted Slovene President Milan Kucan as saying Markovic's "reformist convoy has not only stopped but has already begun to sink. Hence, Bush's support cannot be used as collateral."