US embassy cable - 92ZAGREB1526

CGYOOL-HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE UPDATE NO. 38

Identifier: 92ZAGREB1526
Wikileaks: View 92ZAGREB1526 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Zagreb
Created: 1992-08-20 14:44:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: PREF AORC EAID MASS PHUM HR BK AORC EAID MASS PHUM HR BK War Crimes
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201444Z Aug 92

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ZAGREB 01526 
 
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STATE FOR D/EEA/JOHN MENZIES AND EUR/EE/ALEC MALLY 
. 
STATE PASS TO AID FOR EUR/RME AND FHA/OFDA/DRD 
. 
SECDEF ALSO FOR ISA/GLOBAL AFFAIRS 
. 
E.O. 12356:  N/A 
TAGS: PREF, AORC, EAID, MASS, PHUM, HR, BK, AORC, EAID, MASS, PHUM, HR, BK, War Crimes 
SUBJECT:  CGYOOL-HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE UPDATE NO. 38 
 
REF:  STATE 237028 
 
1. THIS REPORT IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE A BRIEF, DAILY 
UPDATE ON THE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE SITUATION IN 
THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA WITH REGARD TO CONVOYS, 
COORDINATION, DISTRIBUTION OF U.S.-DONATED 
ASSISTANCE, AND OTHER RELATED SUBJECTS. 
 
AIRPORT UPDATE 
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2.  THE SARAJEVO AIRLIFT IS ON AGAIN WITH 26 PLANES 
SCHEDULED TO FLY TODAY.  UNPROFOR REPORTS THAT BOTH 
THEY AND UNHCR WERE READY TO RESUME FLYING YESTERDAY 
BUT APPARENTLY ALL THE PILOTS HAD BEEN GIVEN LEAVE 
AND THERE WAS NO ONE TO FLY THE PLANES. 
 
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3.  REGARDING THE INCIDENT THAT HALTED THE FLIGHTS, 
UNPROFOR REPORTS THAT GENERAL NAMBIAR FINDS THE 
EVIDENCE IMPLICATING SERB FORCES INCONCLUSIVE.  IN 
FACT, UNPROFOR CLAIMS THAT THE BRITISH PLANE SEEMS TO 
HAVE BEEN FLYING OVER CROAT/MUSLIM-CONTROLLED 
TERRITORY WHEN LOCKED-ON BY UNIDENTIFIED 
ANTI-AIRCRAFT RADAR. 
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JOINT COMMISSION UPDATE 
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4.  THE "JOINT COMMISSION" SET UP TO OVERSEE AND 
MONITOR THE PROCESS OF RESTORATION OF THE CRO?IAN 
GOVERNMENT'S AUTHORITY IN THE "PINK ZONES" WILL 
ATTEMPT TO MEET TOMORROW (AUGUST 21).  THE COMMISSION 
FAILED TO HOLD ITS SECOND SESSION A WEEK AGO WHEN THE 
CROATS REFUSED TO MEET CERTAIN PRE-CONDITIONS 
DEMANDED BY THE SERBS.  UNPROFOR IS HOPEFUL THAT THE 
MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE THIS TIME. 
 
5.  THE CROATIAN GOVERNMENT HAS AGEED IN PRINCIPLE TO 
RETURN THE EXHUMED CORPSES OF SERBS WHO DIED FIGHTING 
IN THE AREA OF THE MILJEVICI PLATEAU.  THEY HAVE ALSO 
AGREED TO RELEASE A NUMBER OF PRISONERS HELD IN 
OSIJEK AND CONVICTED OF WAR CRIMES.  RUMOR HAS IT 
THAT A PARDON MAY ALSO BE FORTHCOMING FROM PRESIDENT 
TUDJMAN'S OFFICE. 
 
6.  THE SERBS IN TURN HAVE AGREED IN PRINCIPLE TO LET 
A GROUP OF INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS INSPECT THE PERUCA 
DAM WITH A VIEW TO MAKING IT OPERATIONAL BEFORE THE 
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AUTUMN RAINS.  FAILURE TO DO SO WOULD APPARENTLY RISK 
CREATING AN "ECOLOGICAL DISASTER." 
 
UNHCR-ZAGREB UPDATE 
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ACTION EUR-01 
 
INFO  LOG-00   ACDA-16  AGRE-00  AID-01   AMAD-01  CIAE-00  COME-00 
      C-01     CISA-02  EB-01    FDRE-00  HA-09    HHS-06   H-01 
      INRE-00  INR-01   IO-19    LAB-04   L-03     ADS-00   NSAE-00 
      NSCE-00  OIC-02   OMB-01   PA-02    PM-01    PRS-01   P-01 
      RP-10    SIL-01   SP-01    SR-01    SSO-00   SS-01    STR-20 
      TRSE-00  T-01     USIE-00  VO-06    DTC-01     /116W 
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O 201444Z AUG 92 
FM AMCONSUL ZAGREB 
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1776 
INFO AMEMBASSY BELGRADE IMMEDIATE 
USMISSION USUN NEW YORK IMMEDIATE 
USMISSION GENEVA IMMEDIATE 
USEC BRUSSELS IMMEDIATE 
USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GM//ECJ3/ECJ5// IMMEDIATE 
AMEMBASSY BONN 
AMEMBASSY ATHENS 
AMEMBASSY BUDAPEST 
AMEMBASSY VIENNA 
USMISSION USNATO 
CINCUSNAVEUR LONDON UK//N2/N22// 
CTF SIXZERO//N2// 
CTF SIXONE//N2// 
CTF SIXTWO//N2// 
CTF SIXSEVEN//JOCC// 
FOSIF ROTA SP 
SECDEF WASHDC//ISA/ISP// 
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UNCLAS SECTION 02 OF 02 ZAGREB 01526 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
STATE FOR D/EEA/JOHN MENZIES AND EUR/EE/ALEC MALLY 
. 
STATE PASS TO AID FOR EUR/RME AND FHA/OFDA/DRD 
. 
SECDEF ALSO FOR ISA/GLOBAL AFFAIRS 
. 
E.O. 12356:  N/A 
TAGS:  PREF, AORC, EAID, MASS, PHUM, UNHCR, UN, HR, BK, YO 
SUBJECT:  CGYOOL-HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE UPDATE NO. 38 
 
7.  CONVOY (HCR-Z 4) TO BIHAC/TOPUSKO CONSISTING OF 
TWO TRUCKS AND 48 TONS OF MEDICINES, POWDERED MILK 
FOR CHILDREN AND BULK FOOD RETURNED SAFELY TO ZAGREB 
TODAY (AUGUST 21).  THE ONLY DIFFICULTY EXPERIENCED 
ON THE TRIP WAS AT A SERB CHECKPOINT WHERE THE CONVOY 
WAS FORCED TO GO BACK 30 KILOMETERS FOR A SLIP OF 
PAPER BEFORE THEY COULD PASS THROUGH. 
8.  OFDA CONSULTANT TIM KNIGHT, WHO ACCOMPANIED THE 
ABOVE CONVOY, REPORTS THAT THE HOSPITAL WHERE THE 
SUPPLIES WERE UNLOADED TOOK THREE DIRECT HITS SHORTLY 
AFTER THEY LEFT.  HE WAS UNABLE TO STATE HOW MANY 
PEOPLE MAY HAVE BEEN INJURED OR KILLED.  THE BIHAC 
HOSPITAL HOUSES 800 PATIENTS MOST OF WHOM, ACCORDING 
TO KNIGHT, ARE OF CHILDREN WOUNDED IN THE SEIGE OF 
THE CITY.  MEDICAL SUPPLIES ARE SCARCE. 
 
9.  KNIGHT REPORTS A VERY TENSE AND DIFFICULT 
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SITUATION IN BIHAC.  THE CITY HAS BEEN VERY HARD HIT 
BY WHAT APPEARS TO BE RANDOM SHELLING.  DAILY, THERE 
IS AN "EVENING SHELLING" AND A "MORNING SHELLING." 
KNIGHT NOTED THAT ONE CAN SEE THE SIGNS OF MENTAL AND 
PHYSICAL FATIGUE ON THE FACES OF THE RESIDENTS.  A 
MORE COMPLETE REPORT FROM KNIGHT WILL FOLLOW. 
 
NEITZKE 
 
 
 
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