April 21, 1995 |
The Bosnian government Thursday refused to renew a four-month truce that expires at the end of this month and accused the international community of indifference toward Bosnia's suffering. U.N. special envoy Yasushi Akashi met for two hours with Bosnian Prime Minister Haris Silajdzic but failed to persuade him or his Serbian foes to extend the cease-fire beyond April 30 to give diplomats more time to find a negotiated settlement.
May 6, 1994 |
Bosnian leaders demanded Thursday that the top U.N. official in the former Yugoslav federation resign, accusing him of helping Bosnian Serbs redeploy tanks around Sarajevo. The uproar threatened efforts by international envoys to restart peace talks and undermined the United Nations' credibility in Bosnia. The dispute involved at least five Serbian tanks that arrived late Wednesday and on Thursday at the protected zone around Sarajevo. Even though heavy weapons are forbidden in the area, U.N.
August 6, 1994 |
Although the destruction of a Bosnian Serb antitank gun by U.S. A-10 attack aircraft Friday was of little real military consequence, the United States and its allies hope to get a big diplomatic bang from the NATO air strike near Sarajevo. The antitank gun, ancient and outmoded, was hardly very threatening. Bosnian Serb military strength in the war with the Muslim-led Bosnian government remains untouched.
May 7, 1994 |
Escalating a battle over U.N. actions in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the United States issued an unusual public slap at U.N. envoy Yasushi Akashi on Friday, saying he was too lenient when he let Bosnian Serbs move tanks through the weapons-exclusion zone around Sarajevo. State Department spokeswoman Christine Shelly said the United States strongly objected to the violation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization-enforced zone and said: "We would like to see (Akashi) do a better job."
April 29, 1994 |
The diminutive, bespectacled bureaucrat who heads the U.N. Protection Force does not look like a man who could cause the world's most powerful alliances to crumble. But the credibility of the United Nations, as well as that of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, may well ride on judgments by Yasushi Akashi, the career U.N. functionary who has already twice capitulated to Serb belligerence on behalf of the rest of the world.
June 10, 1995 |
After Bosnian Serbs seized U.N. peacekeepers last month, U.S. Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith accused the U.N. chief in the Balkans of failing to safeguard the troops, according to U.N. sources. Galbraith, ambassador to Croatia, insisted to U.N. special envoy Yasushi Akashi that it was folly to leave peacekeepers in posts where they could be easily taken as hostages by Bosnian Serbs.