July 29, 1991 |
With their jumble of peoples and politics, the Balkans have for centuries been a wellspring of intrigue. But never have the Byzantine origins been so apparent and conspiracy theories so profuse as in these dying days of the Yugoslav federation. To hear Serbia tell it, the encroaching civil war has been instigated by Germany and Austria under a plot to reclaim Balkan territory occupied in wartime en route to establishing a "Fourth Reich."
January 1, 1994 |
For Sarajevans, 1993 ended pretty much as it began: Serbian gunners shelled the city, killing at least five people, hospital officials reported. During a brief respite from the worst shelling in two months, people had crowded the meager markets for last-minute New Year's Eve shopping, looking for a little something special they could afford. Suddenly, mortars rained from the sky.
June 18, 1992 |
Guzzling a beer between battles in the undeclared war for a Greater Croatia, Marinko Zadro breaks ranks with his brothers in arms and admits he takes his orders from the Zagreb-based Croatian National Guard. The official line from Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, is that no Croatian military formations are deployed in newly independent Bosnia-Herzegovina, a foreign country in the throes of war.
September 13, 1994 |
Stevan Sovilj's lined face and spare frame speak to his need for the $700 monthly pension he is owed for 41 years of work on the abandoned Zagreb-Split rail line, which passes through this rebel Serb stronghold. He pulls at the loose waistband of his snagged trousers to show that he has lost weight on the $40 he and his family are forced to live on each month amid the hardships of a prolonged rebellion and the haywire prices inflicted by war in the Balkans.
December 17, 1991 |
The 12 nations of the European Community agreed early today to confer diplomatic recognition on Jan. 15 to all republics in civil war-torn Yugoslavia that meet a series of conditions, including respect for human rights and peaceful acceptance of borders. EC foreign ministers, in a meeting that began Monday morning and lasted past midnight here, gave Yugoslavia's six republics until next Monday to apply for diplomatic recognition.
October 23, 2002 |
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- U.S. officials have publicly confronted leaders of Yugoslavia and Bosnia with evidence that a Balkan weapons factory is exporting military equipment to Iraq with the complicity of a leading Yugoslav defense company. In Washington, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Tuesday that the U.S. has "clear evidence" of the transfers. "The officials have pledged a full investigation of these allegations," he said. "The U.S.