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BosNet REPORT / March 12, 1996

From: Nermin Zukic <n6zukic@SMS.BUSINESS.UWO.CA>

Bosnia-Herzegovina News Directory

From: Nermin Zukic <n6zukic@SMS.BUSINESS.UWO.CA>

Subject: BosNet REPORT / March 12, 1996

HERE ARE THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS ON THE DIPLOMATIC FRONT AND ON THE GROUND IN THE BALKANS, COURTESY OF A MONDAY, MARCH 11 REPORT FROM THE BALKAN INSTITUTE:

THE ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED yesterday that details of a $100 million assistance package for the Bosnian Federation's armed forces would be provided at an international conference to be held Friday in Ankara. The U.S. and Turkey will co-host the conference. Participants are to pledge military funds and equipment for the Federation. Since the EU opposes military assistance to the Federation, the conference is likely to be dominated by the U.S. and Muslim countries. Prospective EU-member- and many other European states are expected to follow the EU's lead and bypass the meeting. The Administration has pledged to lead an international effort to provide training and arms to the Federation, but U.S. officials warn that the program will not be allowed to proceed until an estimated 100-200 Iranian advisors and other foreign volunteers assisting the Bosnian Army leave Bosnia. Foreigners aiding Bosnian Croat and Bosnian Serb forces, including regular Croatian and Serbian army personnel, also reportedly remain in Bosnia. The presence of such personnel after January 13 violates the Dayton Accords. On Friday, the House of Representatives voted to make Bosnia's receipt of $200 million in non-military aid conditional upon Sarajevo's compliance with the Accords' demands that all foreign fighters leave Bosnia. The provision is part of the continuing resolution on the federal budget. In spite of the Congress' imposition of this condition, Administration predictions of Congressional opposition to the aid package seem to have been unfounded. Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole said Saturday that Federation forces should be trained and armed to be able to defend themselves before U.S. troops withdraw from Bosnia.

ON WEDNESDAY, THE ADMINISTRATION ENDORSED guidelines proposed last Monday by NATO ambassadors for a more active IFOR role in Bosnia. NATO officials stressed, however, that the guidelines do not represent a fundamental change in IFOR's policies. The proposal covers activities such as protecting suspected war crimes sites, apprehending indicted war criminals, organizing elections, and resettling refugees that IFOR has resisted undertaking. All IFOR participants except Russia have approved a separate memorandum of understanding clarifying procedures for apprehending war criminals and transferring them to the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal.

VIOLENCE AND LAWLESSNESS ESCALATED IN SERB-HELD SECTIONS OF SARAJEVO due to be transferred to Bosnian Federation control. Federation police deployed to Hadzici on Wednesday and will deploy to Ilidza today. Approximately 2500 persons have registered with UNHCR to remain in Ilidza, where numerous fires have been set and Serbs and others who want to remain have been harassed by Bosnian Serb forces, who have abducted at least two persons and killed one. UNHCR estimated Tuesday that only 13,000 of approximately 70,000 Serbs in the occupied and formerly-occupied areas of Sarajevo remain. IFOR has refused to establish a curfew in the areas, but will reportedly increase patrols. French forces have taken limited measures to rescue persons from fires and have moved to secure Ilidza's town hall and police station. On Saturday, Federation firefighters agreed to operate, under IFOR protection, in areas still controlled by Serbian "police." In violation of the Dayton Accords, Bosnian Serb forces have recently detained more than 20 persons in the Posavina corridor and near Doboj. On Tuesday, U.N. officials retracted an earlier report regarding 160 incidents of Bosnian Serb forces expelling non-Serbs from Banja Luka.

APPROXIMATELY 20 BOSNIAN CROAT "POLICE" entered Hadzici Tuesday without proper authorization and refused to leave until the IPTF threatened to call on IFOR to evict them forcibly. The move, which occurred the day before the official Federation deployment, was ordered by Federation Deputy Interior Minister Jozo Leutar, a Bosnian Croat, in violation of agreements with the IPTF and in defiance of Interior Minister Avdo Hebib, a Muslim. Leutar and other Bosnian Croats objected to the fact that only 5 of the 70 Federation police deployed to Hadzici were ethnic Croats. That number, however, was the subject of a previous agreement and is representative of the pre-war local population. Leutar said Friday he would not take such action again but did not regret his original decision. He also claimed that there are still two interior ministries within the Federation.

THE U.N. WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL Thursday requested that Serbia extradite two soldiers in the Bosnian Serb forces to The Hague. Drazen Erdemovic, an ethnic Croat who recently told journalists that he participated under orders in massacres of non-Serbs after the fall of Srebrenica, and Radoslav Kremenovic were arrested by Serbian police in Serbia last Sunday. U.S. officials suspect the arrests were an attempt by Belgrade to prevent the two from testifying before the Tribunal. Erdemovic had reportedly told a French journalist that he wanted to testify. Serbian authorities claim to have initiated their own investigation of the actions of the two. The Administration has demanded that Serbian authorities protect the men and transfer them to the Tribunal. On Friday, the Tribunal reaffirmed its indictment of Croatian Serb leader Milan Martic and issued an international warrant for his arrest.

U.S. ENVOY ROBERT FROWICK, chief of the OSCE mission to Bosnia, warned Wednesday that Bosnia-wide elections, due between June and September, may not be held on schedule. He is preparing a report on major obstacles, including inadequate media access for political parties and the inability of refugees to return.

EU FOREIGN MINISTERS INFORMALLY AGREED Sunday to extend the EU's administration of Mostar for six months after July. The decision is expected to be confirmed on March 25.

The ACSB Bosnia Hotline is updated weekly, with more frequent updates when developments warrant.

You can reach the ACSB Bosnia Hotline at (202-319-7189) or at our site on the World Wide Web at http://users.aol.com/amcomsabos/home.html.

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