US embassy cable - 92ZAGREB2263

CGYOOL-ICRC REPORTS RELEASE OF 87 DETAINEES. LACK OF SPACE PREVENTS FURTHER RELEASES

Identifier: 92ZAGREB2263
Wikileaks: View 92ZAGREB2263 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Zagreb
Created: 1992-11-03 15:52:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: PREF AORC EAID MASS PHUM HR AORC EAID MASS PHUM HR BK War Crimes
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UNCLASSIFIED LIMITED OFFICIAL USE SECTION 01 OF 02 ZAGREB  02263 
 
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STATE FOR IO, D/EEA/JOHN MENZIES AND EUR/EE 
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STATE PASS TO AID FOR EUR/RME, FHA/FFP AND 
FHA/OFDA/DRD 
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USMISSION GENEVA FOR DON PRESSLEY AND USDEL ICFY 
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SECDEF ALSO FOR ISA/GLOBAL AFFFAIRS 
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E.O. 12356: N/A 
TAGS: PREF, AORC, EAID, MASS, PHUM, HR, AORC, EAID, MASS, PHUM, HR, BK, War Crimes 
SUBJECT: CGYOOL-ICRC REPORTS RELEASE OF 87 DETAINEES. 
LACK OF SPACE PREVENTS FURTHER RELEASES 
 
1.  ICRC-ZAGREB REPORTS THE RELEASE, ON NOVEMBER 3, 
OF 87 PRISONERS FROM B-H CAMPS.  SIXTY-ONE PRISONERS 
HELD BY SERBIAN FORCES IN KAMENICA (NEAR DRVAR) HAVE 
BEEN RELEASED AND TRANSFERED BY ICRC TO THE TRANSIT 
CENTER IN KARLOVAC (REPUBLIC OF CROATIA) RUN BY 
UNHCR.  ANOTHER GROUP OF 25 SERBIAN PRISONERS, HELD 
BY MUSLIM FORCES IN BIHAC AND CAZIN, HAVE BEEN 
RELEASED AND TRANSFERED BY ICRC VIA CROATIA TO OSIJEK 
AND FROM THERE TO THE FRY.  ONE FREED DETAINEE CHOSE 
TO STAY IN THE BIHAC AREA. 
 
2.  ICRC-ZAGREB ALSO REPORTS THAT THE PLANNED RELEASE 
OF OVER 3,000 PRISONERS AT THE MANJACA CAMP HAS BEEN 
INDEFINITELY POSTPONED, IN PART BECAUSE UNHCR HAS 
BEEN UNABLE TO FIND PLACES FOR THE RELEASED DETAINEES 
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CURRENTLY IN KARLOVAC AND IN PART BECAUSE SERBIAN 
AUTHORITIES HAVE YET TO ORDER THEIR RELEASE (SEE 
PARA. 4).  THE CROATIAN GOVERNMENT HAS APPARENTLY 
REFUSED OR BEEN UNABLE TO IDENTIFY ADDITIONAL TRANSIT 
FACILITIES INSIDE CROATIA.  (COMMENT:  PROCESSING FOR 
THE 1,000 EX-DETAINEES AND THEIR FAMILIES WHOM THE 
U.S. HAS OFFERED TO TAKE IS NOT EXPECTED TO BE 
COMPLETED UNTIL LATE DECEMBER.) 
 
3.  THE TRANSIT FACILITY AT KARLOVAC IS PRESENTLY 
FULL.  ORIGINALLY DESIGNED TO HOUSE 2,000 DETAINEES, 
500 PLACES HAVE BEEN LOST BECAUSE OF THE DANGER POSED 
BY A SEVERELY DAMAGED ORTHODOX CHURCH WHICH IS 
ADJACENT TO THE FACILITY AND COULD COLLAPSE AT ANY 
MOMENT.  ICRC HOPES THAT THE CROATIAN GOVERNMENT WILL 
AT LEAST PERMIT UNHCR TO REPLACE THESE 500 PLACES 
WHICH HAVE BEEN LOST. 
4.  THE LACK OF INSTRUCTIONS FROM RADOVAN KARADZIC TO 
THE SERBIAN AUTHORITIES RUNNING THE MANJACA CAMP ARE 
REPORTEDLY ANOTHER ELEMENT COMPLICATING THE RELEASE 
OF THE PRISONERS.  DURING A RECENT VISIT TO MANJACA, 
OFDA CONTRACTOR TOM BRENNAN RECEIVED THE IMPRESSION 
THAT THE SERBS RUNNING THE CAMP WOULD BE MORE THAN 
HAPPY TO BE RID OF THE PRISONERS IF THEY WERE ONLY TO 
RECEIVE INSTRUCTIONS TO DO SO.  ICRC-ZAGREB OFFICIALS 
CONFIRMED THESE IMPRESSIONS, ADDING THAT UNSC 
RESOLUTION 780 CREATING A WAR CRIMES COMMISSION 
APPEARS TO HAVE HAD A VISIBLE IMPACT ON THE ATTITUDES 
OF THE CAMP AUTHORITIES. 
 
5.  REFERING TO THE SITUATION IN JAJCE, OUR 
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INTERLOCUTORS, WHILE DISCLAIMING ANY DIRECT KNOWLEDGE 
OF SERBIAN INTENTIONS, SAID THEY WOULD NOT BE 
SURPRISED TO SEE SIMILAR SITUATIONS DEVELOPING IN THE 
 
 
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ACTION IO-19 
 
INFO  LOG-00   AID-01   AMAD-01  CA-02    CIAE-00  EUR-01   FDRE-00 
      HA-09    HHS-04   INRE-00  INR-01   L-03     ADS-00   NSAE-00 
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O 031552Z NOV 92 
FM AMEMBASSY ZAGREB 
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2588 
INFO USMISSION GENEVA IMMEDIATE 
USMISSION USUN NEW YORK IMMEDIATE 
USEC BRUSSELS IMMEDIATE 
USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GM//ECJ3/ECJ5/ECPLAD// IMMEDIATE 
AMEMBASSY BELGRADE IMMEDIATE 
AMEMBASSY BONN 
AMEMBASSY BUDAPEST 
AMEMBASSY VIENNA 
USMISSION USNATO 
CINCUSNAVEUR LONDON UK//N2/N22// 
CTF SIXZERO//NR// 
CTF SIXONE//N2// 
CTF SIXTWO//N2// 
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SECDEF WASHDC//ISA/ISP// 
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LIMITED OFFICIAL USE SECTION 02 OF 02 ZAGREB 02263 
 
 
STATE FOR IO, D/EEA/JOHN MENZIES AND EUR/EE 
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STATE PASS TO AID FOR EUR/RME, FHA/FFP AND 
FHA/OFDA/DRD 
- 
USMISSION GENEVA FOR DON PRESSLEY AND USDEL ICFY 
- 
SECDEF ALSO FOR ISA/GLOBAL AFFFAIRS 
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E.O. 12356: N/A 
TAGS: PREF, AORC, EAID, MASS, PHUM, UNHCR, UN, HR, BK 
SUBJECT: CGYOOL-ICRC REPORTS RELEASE OF 87 DETAINEES. 
LACK OF SPACE PREVENTS FURTHER RELEASES 
 
NEAR FUTURE IN OTHER LOCALITIES IN NORTHERN BOSNIA. 
IN PARTICULAR, THEY FEAR AN EXODUS FROM COMMUNITIES 
NORTH OF TRAVNIK SUCH AS MAGLAJ AND ZAVIDOVICI. 
MEANWHILE, THEY COMMENTED THAT THE AUTHORITIES IN 
TUZLA, UNABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE B-H GOVERNMENT 
IN SARAJEVO AND WITH ROADS VIRTUALLY INACCESSIBLE 
FROM THE SOUTH, HAVE BEEN FORCED TO NEGOTIATE WITH 
SERBIAN FORCES IN THE HOPE OF ESTABLISHING A 
PROTECTED CORRIDOR FOR RELIEF SUPPLIES FROM 
BELGRADE.  ICRC-ZAGREB OFFICIALS DID NOT DISCOUNT A 
POSSIBLE SERB ATTACK ON TRAVNIK ITSELF BUT NOTED THAT 
THE CITY APPEARED TO BE WELL DEFENDED. 
 
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