January 14, 1992
The 12-nation European Community has promised to consider recognizing separate Yugoslav republics after Wednesday, a move that could plunge the war-torn Balkan federation into a new phase of upheaval. Serbia and Montenegro champion Yugoslav unity so that Serbs scattered among several republics can continue to live in one country. Belgrade, backed by the federal army, has threatened retaliation against foreign powers that move to bury the corpse of Yugoslavia.
May 12, 1992 |
European Community foreign ministers decided Monday to recall their ambassadors from Belgrade for consultations and to seek the suspension of Yugoslavia from Europe's main security forum. The ministers also demanded the complete withdrawal of the Yugoslav federal army from Bosnia-Herzegovina or its total dissolution and the placing of its arms under international control.
December 4, 1991 |
Western countries should consider sending troops and arms to Yugoslavia to strike at the "cowardly" federal army that has terrorized civilians across Croatia, European Community monitors recommended in an unusually critical report disclosed here Tuesday. The call for Western military intervention came a day after the 12-nation bloc targeted Serbia and Montenegro for sanctions, saddling the two republics with the heaviest share of blame for the Yugoslav war.
December 29, 1991 |
The Serbian guerrilla parked his cigarette between cracked lips while he fished in a pocket for evidence he'd taken from the corpse of a Croat a few days earlier. He slapped four rifle cartridges onto the wooden bar table, rattling empty bottles and ashtrays strewn among puddles of spilled liquor. "These are hollow-point bullets, designed to rip through a man's flesh!" hissed the fighter, Nikola, his eyes blazing in anger. "The Ustasha (Croats) will stop at nothing to inflict suffering on Serbs."
July 30, 1991 |
The European Community, fearing the collapse of the fragile new order in Eastern Europe, met Yugoslav federal leaders Monday and agreed to send a new ministerial mission to try to broker a cease-fire in the rebel republic of Croatia. "If Yugoslavia falls into a pattern of daily killing, that would be a deep reproach and danger for all of us in Europe," British Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd told reporters. Four more people were reported killed Monday in clashes in Croatia.
July 5, 1991 |
European diplomats continued to search Thursday for a diplomatic solution to the Yugoslav crisis but without much success. In Prague, Czechoslovakia, delegates to an emergency meeting of the 35-nation Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe agreed to send an "observer force" to Yugoslavia to try to reduce the threat of military action in the breakaway republics of Slovenia and Croatia.