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BosNet NEWS: (June 27, 1996)

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From: Adnan Smajlovic <asmaj@spectranet.ca>

Date: 96-06-27


CONTENTS

  • [01] THE USA: B-H GAVE UP MILITARY-INTELLIGENCE COOPERATION WITH IRAN
  • [02] B.GHALI CRITICIZES CROATIA FOR VIOLATING THE RIGHTS OF SERBS
  • [03] FORUM OF THE FEDERATION - ON FINANCES AND DEFENCE
  • [04] KARADZIC - REMAINS OR GOES
  • [05] COMMISSION OF THE US CONGRESS - "IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON FRY"
  • [06] TOKAC - STATEMENTS OF E. REHN ARE NOT ACCIDENTALLY SUPERFICIAL

  • [01] THE USA: B-H GAVE UP MILITARY-INTELLIGENCE COOPERATION WITH IRAN

    Washington, June 26, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    The USA announced that Bosnian govt. decided to break all military and intelligence connections with Iran. The USA welcomes the decision of Sarajevo but it does not hold them enough to remove all barriers to start with about USD one billion worth "train and equip" program for the B-H Federation army. A. Izetbegovic and the US under-secretary Kornblum will discuss today the decision of the B-H authorities to stop military-intelligence cooperation with Teheran. (end) A.S.

    [02] B. GHALI CRITICIZES CROATIA FOR VIOLATING THE RIGHTS OF SERBS

    New York, Zagreb, June 27, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    UN secr. general B. Ghali released a report on Croatia's first this year's term, made according to the data of UNHCR provided by E. Rehn, EUMM, ICRC, local and international human right organizations.

    Croatian authorities have not taken adequate securitymeasures in UN ex-sectors. The lack of support measures (including general amnesty for ex-soldiers of "Krajina") for return of Serbs, warns of unfavourable atmosphere for their massive return encouraging their fear. Of 200,000 Serbs fled in spring and summer last year, 7065 have returned while the return of Croats to the same area is substantial whic is populated with Croats from Bosnia, too. Particularly worrying is the lack of law, killings, intimidations, rapes, plunders particularly around Knin. Since the beginning of the year, Croatian government has recorded 12 murders, 89 burnt down/mined houses, 849 major plunders and barbaric looting of three Orthodox churches. The crimes are told to be committed by gangs, among them Croats soldiers in uniforms. He points at "vagueness in the reports of Croatioan govt. in the part referring to the court procedures against violators of Serbs' rights. So "concern over the slow progress in investigation and prosecution of many perpetrators of crimes against Serb population is justified." Sporadic expelling the Serbs from the flats illegal occupying of their property, problems with issuing personal documents, double standards in privileges for return to the liberated areas, getting a job, problems in procedures to obtain return permit, are also stated. The ICTY prosecutors are not enabled investigation in the documents regarding Croatian military operations. At the end, Ghali praised Croatia for its care for elderly Serbs in the liberated area, applying various initiatives for human right protection and cooperation with international bodies for human rights.

    To oppose Ghali's claim, Croats are also expelled from theirflats. A statement of HHO (Croatian Helsinki Committee) signed by president and executive director of HHO, Cicak and Petar Mrkalj confirms such a case. A veteran Ljubo Mikulcic broke into the flat of a displaced person from Knin Frano Gugo, with 15 druken men. They hit F.Gugo and along with his wife drove him out from the flat in the same way the drunken Serbs expelled them from Knin. Mikulcic, who showed the list of 28 families to be driven out from their flats in Split by the end of this month, with approval of commission of Croatian army. Military and civil police refused to protect Gugo and his family.

    This month at the "Esplanada" hotel (Zagreb) HHO plannedgathering of 300 Croats and Serbs to discuss "Srbs in Croatia yesterday, today and tomorrow." Organizers - I.Z. Cicak and Ivo Banac (prof. of hisotry at Yale University, born in Dubrovnik) prostponed the meeting after being exposed to a severe campaign of media close to Croatian govt. which threatened the security of the attendants. Rigid Croat nationalist, close to F. Tudjman's regime Tudjman, Dubravko Horvatic was leading in it: in his paper "Hrvatsko slovo," hw wrote: "Those who went with their tanks against Croatian people should be put before a firing squad as well as those who call them either from the USA or Croatia as so- called Croats. (end) A.S.

    [03] FORUM OF THE FEDERATION - ON FINANCES AND DEFENCE

    Sarajevo, June 27, 1996 (press TWRA)

    Session of the Forum of Federation began in Sarajevo today to solve the issues of finances and defence of Federation. The US under secretary J. Kornblum who previously talked with S. Milosevic in Belgrade and F. Tudjman in Zagreb arrives today in official visit to B-H. and will be welcomed by the B-H president A. Izetbegovic. (end ) M.S.

    [04] KARADZIC - REMAINS OR GOES

    Sarajevo, June 27, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    "Message that Karadzic must go from the post is clearly understood at Pale & Belgrade, though no conditions to meet the demands are set, nor C. Bildt is ready to talk about them. Karadzic's replacement is the first step on the way to the Hague," said Bildt's office spokesman McClay at the press conference today.

    Banjaluka - Prime minister of the "Republic of Srpska" GojkoKlickovic said at the session of B-H Serb entity govt. that Karadzic would not resign from the presidential post of this self- styled Republic before the elections in B-H scheduled for June 14. Klickovic added that after the elections, Karadzic will " perform only the party's work. (end) M.S.

    [05] COMMISSION OF THE US CONGRESS - "IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON FRY"

    Washington, June 27, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    In a letter which a Commission for cooperation and security in Europe of the US Congress addressed to the US ambassador to the UN Madleine Albright, there is a demand that "the USA immediatelly require additional sanctions against Serbia and Montenegro, as they refused to arrest Mile Mrksic, Miroslav Radic and Veselin Sljivancanin accused of killing 260 civilians in Vukovar." Sanctions should be gradually increasedun till "FRY" starts cooperating with ICTY. As stated in the letter, these sanctions would also be approval to B-H which recently arrested two Bosniaks charged of the war crimes and be a encouragement for Croatia for further cooperation with the Tribunal." The end of the letter says: "The relation of 'FRY' on one and Croatia and B-H on the other side cannot be compared." (end) M.S.

    [06] TOKAC - STATEMENTS OF E. REHN ARE NOT ACCIDENTALLY SUPERFICIAL

    Zagreb, June 27, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    President of the state commission for investigation of war crimes in B-H commented in his interview for the Rijeka "Novi list" the reports of the UN special rapporteur Elisabeth Rehn at the Conference on human rights in Geneva. describing it as "superficial and ungrounded." "Particularly scandalous part of her report speaks about the occirrences in Srebrenica. Classic camps, formed after the fall of that town in which hundreds of Bosniaks, including refugees from Zepa were exposed to the most severe torture, starvation and maltreatment, she calls "protective captivity". (...) The impression is that that the problem of Srebrenica, as one of the greatest sites of mass crimes in Europe after 1945 takes very superficially, walking around hills with no results It was a classical parade for journalists with nothing behind, no facts, no figures, no names of the responsible," concluded Tokac. (end) A.S.
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