November 8, 1992 |
Serbian occupiers of the fertile farmland in eastern Croatia know how they'll deal with threatened attempts by expelled Croats to reclaim their homes. "I would grab my gun and I would shoot them. That's how most people would react," said Dusan Gasparovic, a 63-year-old refugee from Grubisno Polje who has no intention of moving out of the comfortable farmhouse he acquired after a Croatian family fled more than a year ago.
April 19, 1997 |
Long after most of the Catholics fled, Father Marko Malovic tends a flock of geese and watches over the medieval monastery that sits like a fortress above the Danube River. He says Mass for the few faithful, fends off "extremists and hooligans" who try to blow up the chapel and safeguards books and relics salvaged from other churches ravaged by war. For more than five years, Malovic has been the only Roman Catholic priest in the Serb-controlled part of Croatia known as Eastern Slavonia.
September 5, 1991 |
Heavy new fighting in Croatia on Wednesday that mocked a cease-fire--three days old and universally ignored--brought a warning from Germany that it is close to recognizing the breakaway Yugoslav republics of Croatia and Slovenia as independent countries. Serbian irregulars, supported by Yugoslav army units, captured land and villages in eastern and southern Croatia in a series of attacks, effectively severing the eastern arm of the republic from its capital, Zagreb.
August 18, 1990 |
Federal army units moved into the Croatian town of Knin amid rising tension over plans to ban a referendum on Serb autonomy in the republic. Croatian authorities earlier vowed to prevent the unofficial referendum, saying it was aimed at undermining democratic reforms in Croatia. Leaders of the 400,000-strong Serb minority in western Croatia had been scheduled to start a two-week referendum Sunday in which Serbs were to choose whether they want some degree of self-government within Croatia.
September 10, 1991 |
The Yugoslav federation suffered another blow Monday when early returns showed that 74% of the voters in the republic of Macedonia supported declaring independence. Even before the first returns were released from Sunday's referendum, thousands of Macedonians partied in the streets to celebrate leaving the union.
September 6, 1991 |
An exasperated Europe warned battling Yugoslavs on Thursday that there can be no international peace conference to seek an end to bloody ethnic warfare while the violence continues. Foreign ministers of the alarmed, committed but so far ineffective European Community meet today in Brussels to decide whether to convene the weekend conference as scheduled in The Hague.
December 10, 1994 |
First there was the appearance throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina of antiaircraft missile batteries that Western military sources said had come from Yugoslavia. Then there was U.N. confirmation of Yugoslav aid to Croatian Serb rebels, who in turn were openly collaborating with Bosnian Serbs in the month-old assault on Muslims in Bihac, the besieged enclave in the northwestern corner of Bosnia.
February 18, 1995 |
As Anna selects fairy tales for her nursery school class in Croatia these days, she knows that those penned by Serbs are off limits. And when some of her 25 pupils draw pictures of apes and say, "This is a Serb," or call each other "ugly Serb" on the playground, she knows to keep her mouth shut. Her family has lived here, in the country now called Croatia, for 800 years. She is a citizen of Croatia.
January 16, 1998 |
The Croatian government took control of its entire territory Thursday for the first time since declaring independence 6 1/2 years ago and was admonished by U.S. officials to protect the rights of its minority Serbs. In a ceremony in a suburb of the devastated city of Vukovar, where the 1991 Serb-Croat war began, the last piece of Croatia seized by rebel Serbs, the Eastern Slavonia region hugging the Danube River, was formally restored to Zagreb's rule, and a two-year U.N.
January 15, 1998 |
Tears welled in the pale eyes of Danica Trbojevic. The Croatian owner of the house that Trbojevic, 65, has occupied for the last six years is threatening to throw her out. She and her neighbors, all Serbian refugees, are being badgered by Croats eager to come home once this last piece of Serb-held Croatia returns to Croatian rule today. "The owner warned us that no one can protect us day and night," Trbojevic said Wednesday as she added firewood to a stove that heated the small kitchen.