March 25, 1995 |
Hoping to pull the Croats and Serbs back from what he called "the brink of a major war," U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali proposed Friday that the Security Council approve the broad outlines of a reduced and revised peacekeeping mission in Croatia--leaving the details for him to negotiate later. The United States and four allies--Russia, Germany, Britain and France--quickly circulated a series of draft resolutions that would divide the current U.N.
July 31, 1987 |
The Norwegian government announced Thursday that it has ordered the expulsion of a Soviet diplomat and two Soviet trade mission delegates who it said worked for the KGB secret police to gather high-technology industrial intelligence. In addition, the government declared a third Soviet trade representative, who is no longer in Norway, persona non grata , which means he cannot return to the country.
September 14, 1987 |
A Soviet jet fighter brushed against a Norwegian patrol aircraft in international airspace over the Barents Sea on Sunday, damaging one of the Norwegian plane's four engines, Defense Ministry officials said. No one was injured in the incident. The Norwegian craft, a propeller-driven Orion P-3B reconnaissance plane, landed safely. The Soviet jet, a Sukhoi 27, one of Moscow's most advanced fighters, flew off with no apparent damage.
October 8, 1993 |
Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic, hinting that the Somali embroilment could work to his advantage, renewed a plea to the United Nations on Thursday to allow arms to flow into his country so his troops can roll back Bosnian Serb forces. The U.N. peacekeeping problems in Somalia, Izetbegovic told a news conference, had cast doubt on American promises to send U.S. troops to police a peace agreement in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
October 20, 1993 |
Bosnian Muslims and Croats swapped hundreds of prisoners Tuesday, and thousands of Croatian civilians, fleeing fighting with their former Muslim allies in central Bosnia, sought brief refuge with Serbs. Bosnian Croat forces handed over 728 Muslim prisoners from the Gabela camp in Herzegovina at dawn to the International Committee of the Red Cross to be taken to an exchange point at Goranci, 16 miles northwest of Mostar.
July 1, 1987 |
The two top officers of Toshiba Corp. resigned today, taking responsibility for a subsidiary's illegal sale of high-tech machinery to Moscow that helped the Soviets build quieter submarines. Chairman Shoichi Saba and President Sugiichiro Watari announced their decisions at a news conference hours after the U.S. Senate voted to bar imports of Toshiba products for two years. (Story on Page 8.) Saba said he and Watari will become consultants to the company.
August 14, 1994 |
Bosnian Serb leaders on Saturday rebuffed a top U.N. official's plea to accept an international peace plan. Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic said after meeting with U.N. envoy Thorvald Stoltenberg that maps calling for Bosnian Serbs to settle for 49% of the republic "cannot be accepted." Bosnian Serbs currently hold 70% of Bosnia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1994
On Wednesday NATO gave the Bosnian Serbs an ultimatum: They must withdraw their artillery and other heavy weapons from around Sarajevo in 10 days or NATO will begin air strikes against them. This sounds stern, but the artillery has a range of 18 to 25 miles, and the ultimatum requires withdrawal to a distance of only 13 miles. Worse, other weapons, not covered by the ultimatum, have done most of the damage: mortars, machine guns and sniper rifles.
August 18, 1993 |
A day after Bosnia's warring factions tentatively agreed to demilitarize Sarajevo and put it under U.N. control, the republic's Muslim president cast doubt on the plan Tuesday, saying it won't end the Serbian siege of the city. And Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic said that talks on carving up the country into three ethnic states are stalled because of differences over Muslim enclaves in eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina.
July 17, 1989 |
Norway said Sunday that a fire had broken out aboard a Soviet nuclear-powered submarine, but Norwegian radio quoted a Soviet official as saying the reported blaze was part of a military exercise. It was the third incident involving Moscow's underwater fleet in the area in four months. The Oslo Defense Ministry said a Norwegian vessel had spotted the Soviet Alpha-class attack submarine on the surface, smoke billowing from its conning tower and under tow by a Soviet vessel Sunday morning.