November 12, 1996 |
Gen. Ratko Mladic, an indicted war crimes suspect, defied his superiors by announcing that he will not follow orders to step down as Bosnian Serb army commander. Mladic's challenge to Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic came as senior army commanders snubbed a new military leadership installed by Plavsic. Mladic voiced his defiance through Gen. Milan Gvero, his top deputy, who was fired over the weekend with Mladic and his entire general staff.
November 10, 1996 |
NATO and Western mediators said Saturday they would "wait and see" if Bosnian Serb leaders are able to carry out a decision to dismiss Serb army chief Ratko Mladic, an accused war criminal. "We don't know what it is going to mean in substantive terms," said Maj. Simon Haselock, spokesman for the NATO-led peace force. Haselock spoke after Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic announced she had replaced Mladic and other top generals.
October 27, 1996 |
A ship carrying $100 million in U.S. military equipment for Bosnia's Muslim-Croat federation moved away from the port of Ploce in neighboring Croatia without unloading its cargo as U.S. and Bosnian officials attempted to work out political disputes. A key dispute is over Washington's demand that the federation fire its deputy defense minister, Hasan Cengic, whom it suspects has maintained close ties to Iran. The federation appeared to be ignoring that demand.
October 6, 1996 |
Bosnian Serb politicians boycotted the inauguration of this country's new joint presidency and parliament Saturday, keeping a theater full of foreign and national dignitaries waiting for hours before a truncated and largely powerless government was installed. The boycott bodes ill for the next phase of postwar recovery in Bosnia, where multiethnic governing institutions are supposed to be set up after national elections last month.
October 1, 1996 |
After weeks of international wrangling to force them to sit together, the three members of this nation's new joint presidency met here Monday for the first time since their recent election--and for the first time since war made them bitter enemies. The presidency is one of the crucial, overarching institutions aimed at loosely joining the war-torn country's two halves, the Muslim-Croat federation and the Bosnian Serb Republic.
July 20, 1996 |
Bowing to extraordinary U.S. pressure, Radovan Karadzic on Friday "relinquished the office" of president of Republika Srpska and of his hard-line political party, but he again dodged efforts to deliver him to justice. American special envoy Richard C. Holbrooke--brought out of retirement especially to accomplish the task of sidelining Karadzic--and other international officials congratulated themselves on the deal and declared that Bosnia's crucial elections can now go ahead.
July 14, 1996 |
President Clinton has decided to send his former peace negotiator for Bosnia, Richard C. Holbrooke, back to the Balkans to pressure Serbia to remove two Bosnian Serb leaders from power, a U.S. official said Saturday. Holbrooke plans to fly to Belgrade to meet with the president of Serbia, Slobodan Milosevic, to warn him that the United States is serious about implementing all parts of the Dayton, Ohio, peace agreement, the official said.
July 5, 1996 |
Ines Milicic remembers the telephone conversation well. It came at the start of the Balkans war, when fierce fighting between Serbs and Croats had erupted in Croatia. Biljana Plavsic, then a Serbian member of the collective multiethnic presidency in Bosnia-Herzegovina, called her Croatian friend with a somber warning: Go visit your son in the United States. And don't come back, for you might be harmed. "She said, 'Why don't you leave?
July 2, 1996 |
Carl Bildt learned a painful lesson over the weekend: Be careful what you ask for. You may get it. The Swedish diplomat, who is in charge of civilian aspects of the Bosnian peace accord, twisted arms for months to get Radovan Karadzic to relinquish his powers as the Bosnian Serbs' president. After a lot of tough words and threats of a Monday ultimatum, Bildt got his wish: Karadzic signed a document, prepared by Bildt's office, formally transferring his duties to a trusted deputy.
July 1, 1996 |
Radovan Karadzic, an indicted war crimes suspect who has repeatedly foiled international attempts to topple him, has handed over all powers of the so-called Bosnian Serb presidency to a hard-line loyalist, Western officials announced Sunday.