October 7, 1993 |
After two years of getting nowhere with evenhandedness in the Balkans, the United Nations has undertaken a risky change of course at U.S. insistence by seeking to isolate and undermine nationalist Serbs. But even supporters of the new approach concede it may prove to be a catalyst for further conflict rather than a deterrent, as both Serbs and Croats are now poised for another round of war. When the U.N.
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.
December 1, 1991 |
Fighting intensified in secessionist Croatia on Saturday despite the latest cease-fire. Yugoslav army cannons pounded the strategic target of Osijek, reportedly killing five people. Despite the upsurge in fighting on the sixth day of the truce, U.N. envoy Cyrus R. Vance was scheduled to arrive today for talks on deploying up to 10,000 U.N. peacekeepers in the secessionist republic.
April 2, 1995 |
Croats reacted with disappointment Saturday to the new U.N. peacekeeping mandate for their country, suggesting that the United Nations will have to be content with merely deferring violence in Croatia in the coming months. The higher goal of political re-integration seems too much to ask. "This U.N. resolution is garbage," complained Josip Popovic, a 60-year-old mechanical engineer who was spending the first afternoon of the new U.N. mandate at a cafe in Zagreb's downtown square.
January 13, 1995 |
Croatian President Franjo Tudjman expressed his impatience with the stalemated Balkans peacekeeping mission Thursday by giving the U.N. Protection Force until the end of June to leave his country. In a letter to U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Tudjman said he had decided to call an end to the mission that has 14,000 U.N. peacekeepers deployed in Serb-held Croatian territory. "The U.N.
March 15, 1995 |
Croatian President Franjo Tudjman is expected to meet Thursday with President Clinton and later in the week with U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali to work out details of a continued U.N. troop deployment in Croatia. The high-profile U.S. visit is seen as a pay-back to Tudjman for reversing his decision to expel 12,000 U.N. peacekeepers in his country, thereby averting a new round of fighting between Croats and rebel Serbs.
August 11, 1995 |
The United Nations moved Thursday to strengthen its presence along a 160-mile route through Croatia to thwart brutal attacks by vengeful Croats against Serb refugees fleeing the country. At least two people have been killed and hundreds of others--including a carload of Serbian Orthodox nuns--injured since Wednesday, when the Croatian army began evacuating thousands of Croatian Serbs trapped by fighting near the town of Topusko, according to U.N. and witness accounts.
October 15, 1993 |
Violence and deprivation are spreading throughout the war zones of the former Yugoslav republics and worsening an already dire outlook for millions of civilians at risk of death by starvation or disease this winter, U.N. and aid agency officials warned Thursday. Security and living conditions have deteriorated rapidly in recent days in Bosnia-Herzegovina following the collapse of U.N.-mediated peace talks, and in Croatia due to a looming armed showdown between government and rebel Serb forces.
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.
May 3, 1995 |
War reached this European capital Tuesday as rebel Serbs bombarded the heart of Zagreb in deadly revenge for a fierce Croatian army offensive that was swiftly driving Serbs from a four-year stronghold. The Croatian government late Tuesday said it had successfully recaptured part of the land seized by rebel Serb separatists in their 1991 war of secession. But earlier, Serb rocket attacks on the capital killed five people, wounded 120 and sowed terror in a city that had believed itself safe.