April 9, 1996 |
Mass graves uncovered in western Bosnia contain dozens of civilian Serbian victims of Croatian massacres, Serbian forensic experts said Monday. A representative of the international war crimes tribunal at The Hague, international police and European Union monitors were present as Serbs exhumed 181 bodies in two mass graves at the Serbian Orthodox cemetery in the town of Mrkonjic Grad, 75 miles northwest of Sarajevo.
March 23, 1996 |
The U.N.'s International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia on Friday charged three Bosnian Muslims and a Croat with war crimes, its first indictment for crimes against Serb victims. The tribunal said that three of the four men, two of whom were arrested in Germany and Austria earlier this week, were responsible for running the Celebici camp at Konjic in central Bosnia in 1992.
January 2, 1996 |
Once a model of integration, this town is now so polarized it has two mayors, two police departments, two school systems, even two currencies. Its people, primarily Bosnian Muslims and Croats, are divided into opposing camps and separated by a wasteland of rubble: block after block of bullet-riddled hulks that were once houses, apartments and shops. Now, their war interrupted, the citizens of Gornji Vakuf face a difficult reconciliation.
December 31, 1995 |
Andelka Hilic, old and sick, was left behind in this ruined town to die. Her fellow Bosnian Serbs--her friends and neighbors--packed up and fled ahead of the advancing Bosnian Croat army three months ago without telling her they were leaving. When the nearly blind, 85-year-old widow went outdoors one day, she found her town deserted. "I'm too lonely, too weak, too old," she said, crying and wiping her eyes with a handkerchief. "They should be ashamed."
September 10, 1995 |
The callers to Radio 99's phone-in program were angry and bewildered Saturday. A 16-year-old girl wept for a sister killed in a war that suddenly seemed lost. Soldiers asked, "What were we fighting for?" An amputee demanded that the government he felt had betrayed him and other victims resign.
February 6, 1995 |
In a move aimed at heading off further instability in the Balkans, the United States on Sunday persuaded Bosnia's Croatian and Muslim leaders to rededicate themselves to a shaky federation formed last March.
June 24, 1994 |
Bosnia's Muslims and Croats moved closer by selecting a joint government, but Bosnian Serbs remained doggedly outside efforts to establish peace after 26 months of war. The current head of Bosnia's federal government, Prime Minister Haris Silajdzic, was chosen to also lead the federation government. The assembly also agreed on a Cabinet that includes 14 Muslims, 13 Croats and one Serb. But the federation government lacks one basic prerequisite: territory.
February 25, 1994 |
The Clinton Administration on Thursday summoned Bosnian and Croatian leaders to discuss creation of a joint Muslim-Croatian state covering half of Bosnia-Herzegovina--an idea that U.S. officials consider a key building block for peace in the divided republic. If the talks succeed, the United States would work to promote a formal partition of Bosnia into two federated states, one shared by Muslims and Bosnian Croats and the other dominated by Bosnian Serbs, officials said.
February 9, 1994 |
The leader of Bosnia's Croats stepped down Tuesday in a move aimed at improving their position in peace negotiations and minimizing criticism of Croatia's efforts to support ethnic kin in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Stung by battlefield losses and the breakdown of an alliance between Bosnian Croats and Muslims, Mate Boban resigned as president of the self-proclaimed republic of Herzeg-Bosna.
January 15, 1994 |
An ethnic carve-up of Bosnia-Herzegovina might fulfill nationalist dreams of a Greater Croatia, but opposition leaders, human rights advocates and even some allies of President Franjo Tudjman are beginning to see the expansion drive as the greatest peril confronting the country. Partitioning Bosnia into three ethnic ministates would lead to a Greater Serbia on Croatia's border and maroon at least two-thirds of Bosnia's 750,000 Croats in resentful Serbian and Muslim enclaves.