February 17, 1992 |
The last key opponent of a U.N. plan to deploy thousands of peacekeepers to war-torn Croatia was ousted from power Sunday, news reports said. The Yugoslav news agency Tanjug said legislators in the ethnic Serbian enclave of Krajina in southwestern Croatia fired Krajina President Milan Babic in a special session. The assembly also dissolved the Krajina government, Tanjug said. Babic could not be reached for comment.
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February 6, 1992
The United Nations' peace plan for Serbia and Croatia is in deep trouble. That plan, agreed to by leaders of both sides, called for the withdrawal of all combatants from disputed territory and the installation of a U.N. peacekeeping force. But as Carol Williams reports in today's Times, a renegade Serbian leader, Milan Babic, has now refused to allow U.N. Undersecretary General Marrack Goulding to deploy foreign forces in Babic's regional stronghold.
January 29, 1992 |
A United Nations plan for restoring peace in the Balkans has been halted at the armed barricades around Krajina, the Serbian-controlled stretch of disputed territory where rebels would rather wage war than remain part of Croatia. The U.N. plan to send as many as 10,000 peacekeeping troops to Croatian trouble spots has won at least professions of support from all parties to the Yugoslav conflict, except for one bespectacled dentist who controls the angry enclave of Krajina.
November 27, 2003 |
Former rebel Croatian Serb leader Milan Babic entered no plea to counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity at his first appearance before the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Babic, 47, was charged this month with war crimes and crimes against humanity for killing and persecuting non-Serbs in an "ethnic cleansing" campaign in the early 1990s.
March 7, 2006 |
A Croatian Serb convicted of ethnic cleansing after leading a brutal revolt during the Balkan wars committed suicide in prison, the U.N. tribunal said. Milan Babic's suicide came three weeks after he reaffirmed his remorse for his crimes, telling a tribunal that his guilt was a "pain that I have to live with for the rest of my life."
January 19, 1992 |
The defense chief of the volatile Serbian-held Krajina region of Croatia broke with his political superior and said he supports a U.N. effort to deploy thousands of peacekeeping troops to the crumbling Yugoslav federation. Milan Martic, interior minister of self-proclaimed independent Krajina, said he wants the peacekeepers to come as soon as possible. Tensions are high in the region, imperiling the 16-day-old cease-fire.