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BOSNEWS digest 506 - 20/12/95

From: Dzevat Omeragic <dzevat@ee.mcgill.ca>

Bosnia-Herzegovina News Directory


CONTENTS

  • [01] THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS ON THE DIPLOMATIC FRONT AND ON THE GROUND IN THE BALKANS


  • [01] THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS ON THE DIPLOMATIC FRONT AND ON THE GROUND IN THE BALKANS

    Assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke told a Senate panel today that U.S. troops in Bosnia might be ordered to disarm Serbian forces if necessary.

    NATO officials announced yesterday that IFOR troops would not pursue indicted war criminals in Bosnia, but would detain them if encountered. However, details such as how troops would identify suspects remain unclear. In addition, the Alliance has yet to determine how or whether detainees would then be transferred to the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal's custody. The North Atlantic Council will discuss this issue on Wednesday.=20

    NATO officials said today that IFOR is prepared to formally replace UNPROFOR as scheduled on Wednesday. The U.N. Security Council resolution of December 15 authorizing the IFOR mission stipulates that, upon transfer of UNPROFOR's authority to IFOR, the Security Council's "safe areas" resolutions, as well as all other previous resolutions authorizing the use of force in Bosnia, are to be terminated. T= he resolution does not assign IFOR specific duties related to the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal.

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