September 1, 1996 |
On paper, at least, the nationalist Bosnian Croat ministate of Herceg-Bosna was to begin dissolving at midnight Saturday as part of a U.S.-led effort to turn Bosnia's fragile Muslim-Croat federation into reality. Under the same plan, about 40 institutions and functions of the Muslim-led Bosnian government, including its secret police, were to be transferred to the federation or abolished. U.S.
August 7, 1996 |
Muslims and Croats agreed Tuesday to jointly form a local government in the city of Mostar, averting a major crisis in the Bosnian peace process and paving the way for nationwide elections in September. European Union mediators said the accord was based on the results of a June 30 local election that the Croats had refused to recognize. A Muslim-led coalition narrowly won that vote.
August 6, 1996 |
Bosnian Muslims and Croats continued talks aimed at reaching a compromise plan to jointly govern the southwestern city of Mostar. The European Union--which has administered Mostar since 1994--had threatened to withdraw by midnight Saturday unless the town's Muslim and Croatian leaders agreed to abide by recent elections and share power. In Washington, meanwhile, the White House dismissed as "complete fabrication" a report that the U.S.
June 17, 1996 |
Bosnian Croats named a new administration Sunday for their self-styled Bosnian state, defying international attempts to keep Bosnia's Muslims and Croats united. The move comes as nations involved in the NATO-led peace force try to ensure the unity of the Muslim-Croat federation in Bosnia-Herzegovina ahead of elections called for in the peace agreement forged last year in Dayton, Ohio.
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.
September 9, 1995 |
In a major first step toward a peace deal, former Yugoslav republics agreed here Friday to create a separate Serbian entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina, a "Republika Srpska" that would share the country with the Muslim-Croat federation. The accord, the first of its kind in the 41-month war, marked a major concession by the Bosnian government, which has long refused to recognize Serbian self-rule in any part of Bosnia.