US embassy cable - 92ZAGREB2829

CGYOOL -- ZAGREB UPDATE DEC 28, 1992

Identifier: 92ZAGREB2829
Wikileaks: View 92ZAGREB2829 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Zagreb
Created: 1992-12-28 14:36:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: PREL PHUM HR BK CA RS GM PHUM HR BK CA RS GM PHUM HR BK CA RS GM War Crimes
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USMISSION GENEVA
USMISSION USVIENNA
 COMSIXTHFLT//N2//
CINCUSNAVEUR LONDON UK//N2/N22//
USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE//ECJ3/ECJ5//
UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 ZAGREB 02829 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
GENEVA PASS USDEL ICFY - JACKOVICH:  USVIENNA FOR USDEL CSCE 
 
E.O. 12356: N/A 
TAGS: PREL, PHUM, HR, BK, CA, RS, GM, PHUM, HR, BK, CA, RS, GM, PHUM, HR, BK, CA, RS, GM, War Crimes 
SUBJECT:  CGYOOL -- ZAGREB UPDATE DEC 28, 1992 
 
 
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SUMMARY 
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1.  NOISEMAKERS RESOUND THROUGHOUT ZAGREB OVER THE 
HOLIDAY.  130,000 DEAD IN WAR BY BOSNIAN COUNT. 
B-H BATTLES RAGE ON OVER WEEKEND.  LASIC IS NEW 
CROAT REP ON B-H PRESIDENTIAL COUNCIL.  CANADIANS 
RETREAT FROM B-H.  GERMAN AF CHIEF FLIES IN TO 
REVIEW SOLDIERS.  RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TRAVELS TO 
SECTOR EAST AREAS.  DURBROVNIK DROPS CURFEW AND 
PULA MONUMENT IS DYNAMITED-  END SUMMARY. 
 
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THE SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS IN ZAGREB 
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2.  AS EXPECTED, EACH EVENING OF THE THREE-DAY 
HOLIDAY WEEKEND PRODUCED A VIRTUAL NON-STOP SOUND 
EXTRAVAGANZA OF AUTOMATIC RIFLE FIRE, BOMBS, AND 
VERY LARGE FIRECRACKERS AUDIBLE THROUGHOUT THE 
ZAGREB AREA.  ALTHOUGH AS YET UNREPORTED IN THE 
PRESS, A VERY LARGE EXPLOSION OCCURRED IN ZAGREB 
AROUND 8:10 P.M. DECEMBER 27.  MORE OF THE SAME IS 
EXPECTED FOR THE NEW YEAR'S WEEKEND.  THE LOCALS 
NONCHALANTLY ADVISE ONE AND ALL TO KEEP THE DRAPES 
DRAWN AND HEADS DOWN AT THIS TIME OF YEAR.  THESE 
"CELEBRATIONS" RECALL THOSE OF LAST CHRISTMAS WHEN 
EC RECOGNITION OF CROATIAN INDEPENDENCE APPEARED 
IMMINENT. 
 
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B-H GOVT REPORTS LOSSES NOW TOP 130,000 
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3.  THE BOSNIAN MINISTRY OF INTERIOR ANNOUNCED 
THAT, ACCORDING TO ITS INCOMPLETE STATISTICS, SOME 
130,000 PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN THE WAR.  THE 
CASUALTIES INCLUDE 117,000 ADULTS AND 13,000 
CHILDREN.  OVER 65,000 HAVE BEEN SERIOUSLY 
WOUNDED. 
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STARVATION DEATHS REPORTED IN B-H 
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4.  ACCORDING TO CROATIAN REPORTS FROM BOSNIAN 
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SOURCES, ONE OF THE COMMUNITIES WHICH SAW HEAVY 
FIGHTING THIS WEEKEND WAS ZEPA, EAST OF SARAJEVO. 
ON DECEMBER 27 TWO GROUND-TO-GROUND ROCKETS 
REPORTEDLY STRUCK ZEPA, KILLING THREE AND WOUNDING 
NINE OTHERS.  THE REPORT NOTED THAT ZEPA IS 
WITHOUT FOOD, AND CHILDREN AND OLD PEOPLE ARE 
 
 
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ACTION EUR-01 
 
INFO  LOG-00   AID-01   CA-02    CIAE-00  C-01     OASY-00  DODE-00 
      CISA-02  DS-00    EB-01    HA-09    H-01     INRE-00  INR-01 
      IO-19    LAB-04   L-03     ADS-00   MFLO-03  M-01     NSAE-00 
      OCS-06   OIC-02   OMB-01   PA-02    PC-05    PM-02    PRS-01 
      P-01     SCT-03   SDEL-00  SIL-00   SNP-00   SP-00    SR-00 
      SSO-00   SS-00    STR-17   TRSE-00  T-01     USIE-00  ASDS-01 
      RPE-00     /091W 
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FM AMEMBASSY ZAGREB 
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3191 
INFO AMEMBASSY ANKARA 
AMEMBASSY ATHENS 
AMEMBASSY BONN 
AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS 
AMEMBASSY BUDAPEST 
AMEMBASSY LONDON 
AMEMBASSY MADRID 
AMEMBASSY MOSCOW 
AMEMBASSY OTTAWA 
AMEMBASSY PARIS 
AMEMBASSY ROME 
AMEMBASSY VIENNA 
USMISSION USNATO 
USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 
USEC BRUSSELS 
WHITE HOUSE WASHDC 1273 
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USMISSION GENEVA 
USMISSION USVIENNA 
 COMSIXTHFLT//N2// 
CINCUSNAVEUR LONDON UK//N2/N22// 
USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE//ECJ3/ECJ5// 
 
UNCLAS SECTION 02 OF 03 ZAGREB 02829 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
GENEVA PASS USDEL ICFY - JACKOVICH:  USVIENNA FOR USDEL CSCE 
 
E.O. 12356: N/A 
TAGS:  PREL, PHUM, HR, BK, CA, RS, GM, UN 
SUBJECT:  CGYOOL -- ZAGREB UPDATE DEC 28, 1992 
 
DYING FROM STARVATION AND EXPOSURE. 
 
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LASIC NEW B-H COUNCIL MEMBER -- HVO ON B-H TEAM 
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5.  BOSNIAN SOURCES ANNOUNCED THE SELECTION OF 
MIRO LASIC AS THE CROATIAN REPRESENTATIVE IN THE 
BOSNIAN PRESIDENCY COUNCIL.  MS. TATJANA 
GRUJIC-MILOSEVIC WAS ALSO SELECTED TO JOIN THE 
COLLEGIAL RULING BODY.  MIRO LAZOVIC HAS BEEN 
NAMED THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE BOSNIAN PARLIAMENT. 
 
6.  THE BOSNIAN PRIME MINISTER MILE AKMADZIC TOLD 
SARAJEVO RADIO THAT "THE ARMED FORCES OF B-H AND 
THE HVO (CROATIAN DEFENSE COUNCIL) ARE NOT TWO 
SEPARATE ARMIES, BUT THE B-H ARMED FORCES CONSIST 
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OF TWO EQUAL FORCES, THE B-H ARMY AND THE HVO." 
HE ADDED THAT MISUNDERSTANDINGS BETWEEN THE 
BOSNIAN ARMY AND THE HVO WERE NOT ABOUT THE 
DEFENSE OF THE COUNTRY, BUT RATHER WERE OF AN 
"ORGANIZATIONAL NATURE" THAT WOULD BE SOLVED BY A 
JOINT COMMAND STRUCTURE. 
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CANADIANS RETREAT FROM BANJA LUKA 
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7.  AFTER WEEKS OF STALEMATE OVER THE REFUSAL OF 
SERBIAN AUTHORITIES IN BANJA LUKA TO ALLOW FULL 
DEPLOYMENT, THE ADVANCE PARTY OF THE CANADIAN 
UNPROFOR BATTALION REPORTEDLY WITHDREW FROM BOSNIA 
AND RETURNED TO LIPIK IN SECTOR WEST.  ACCORDING 
TO A UNPROFOR SPOKESPERSON, PART OF THE CANADIAN 
FORCES WILL BE SENT TEMPORARILY TO MACEDONIA AS 
PART OF THE UN EFFORT IN THAT COUNTRY. 
 
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GERMAN AF CHIEF VISITS ZAGREB 
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8.  COMMANDER OF THE GERMAN AIR FORCE GENERAL 
KLAUS NAUMANN VISITED ZAGREB DECEMBER 26 TO 
INSPECT THE GERMAN SOLDIERS ASSISTING UNPROFOR 
WITH THE SARAJEVO AIRLIFT.  CROATIAN CHIEF OF 
STAFF BOBETKO AND AIR FORCE GENERAL AGOTIC 
RECEIVED THE GERMAN VISITOR.  ACCORDING TO THE 
ZAGREB PRESS, NAUMANN STATED THAT BORDERS COULD 
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NOT BE CHANGED BY FORCE AND ADDED THAT HE 
CONSIDERED IT STRANGE THAT GERMANY COULD ONLY 
ADVISE NATIONS WHO WERE FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM, BUT 
COULD NOT HELP MILITARILY. 
 
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ACTION EUR-01 
 
INFO  LOG-00   AID-01   CA-02    CIAE-00  C-01     OASY-00  DODE-00 
      CISA-02  DS-00    EB-01    HA-09    H-01     INRE-00  INR-01 
      IO-19    LAB-04   L-03     ADS-00   MFLO-03  M-01     NSAE-00 
      OCS-06   OIC-02   OMB-01   PA-02    PC-05    PM-02    PRS-01 
      P-01     SCT-03   SDEL-00  SIL-00   SNP-00   SP-00    SR-00 
      SSO-00   SS-00    STR-17   TRSE-00  T-01     USIE-00  ASDS-01 
      RPE-00     /091W 
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FM AMEMBASSY ZAGREB 
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3192 
INFO AMEMBASSY ANKARA 
AMEMBASSY ATHENS 
AMEMBASSY BONN 
AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS 
AMEMBASSY BUDAPEST 
AMEMBASSY LONDON 
AMEMBASSY MADRID 
AMEMBASSY MOSCOW 
AMEMBASSY OTTAWA 
AMEMBASSY PARIS 
AMEMBASSY ROME 
AMEMBASSY VIENNA 
USMISSION USNATO 
USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 
USEC BRUSSELS 
WHITE HOUSE WASHDC 1274 
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USMISSION GENEVA 
USMISSION USVIENNA 
 COMSIXTHFLT//N2// 
CINCUSNAVEUR LONDON UK//N2/N22// 
USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE//ECJ3/ECJ5// 
 
UNCLAS SECTION 03 OF 03 ZAGREB 02829 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
GENEVA PASS USDEL ICFY - JACKOVICH:  USVIENNA FOR USDEL CSCE 
 
E.O. 12356: N/A 
TAGS:  PREL, PHUM, HR, BK, CA, RS, GM, UN 
SUBJECT:  CGYOOL -- ZAGREB UPDATE DEC 28, 1992 
 
RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR AND GENERAL TOUR HR EAST 
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9.  RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TO CROATIA LEONID 
KERESTEDJIJANC AND RUSSIAN UNPROFOR BATTALION 
COMMANDER IN SECTOR EAST GENERAL YURI SOSEDOV 
VISITED VINKOVCI, OSIJEK, AND PARTS OF SECTOR EAST 
OVER THE WEEKEND.  PRESS REPORTS QUOTED THE 
AMBASSADOR AS SAYING: "RUSSIA IS ON THE SIDE OF 
JUSTICE AND AGAINST THE AGGRESSOR, AGAINST CRIMES 
AND GENOCIDE.  RUSSIA WILL AGREE WITH THE REST OF 
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THE WORLD ON THAT.  THOSE WHO COUNT ON THE 
ORTHODOX FAITH HAVE TO KNOW THAT THE ORTHODOX 
FAITH HAS NEVER PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN ANY 
CONFLICT SO THEIR HOPES ARE GROUNDLESS.  RUSSIA 
HAS THE SAME POSITION AS ALL OTHER INTERNATIONAL 
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FACTORS AND OUR POINT OF VIEW IS IDENTICAL BOTH 
FOR CROATIA AND BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA, NAMELY, THAT 
BORDERS CANNOT BE CHANGED BY FORCE."  THE 
AMBASSADOR SAID HE HAD TOLD THE SERBS, "WE 
CONSIDER SECTOR EAST TO BE PART OF CROATIA." 
 
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CURFEW OVER IN DUBROVNIK -- PULA BOMB INCIDENT 
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10.  CURFEW WAS LIFTED IN DUBROVNIK FOR CHRISTMAS 
AND WILL NOT BE REIMPOSED, ACCORDING TO CROATIAN 
AUTHORITIES.  IN PULA ON THE DALMATIAN COAST, 
UNKNOWN PERPETRATORS BLEW UP A CROATIAN SCULPTURE 
DECEMBER 24. 
 
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UNIDO PROJECT TO HELP HOUSING AND FOOD NEEDS 
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11.  DEPUTY MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY 
DR. VERA TADIC ANNOUNCED DECEMBER 26 THAT THE UN 
INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION (UNIDO) HAS 
APPROVED A 7.3 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT FOR 
CROATIA.  THE MONEY WILL BE USED FOR PREFABRICATED 
BUILDINGS TO HOUSE REFUGEES AND TO HELP THE FOOD 
INDUSTRY.  ITALY HAS ALREADY PLEDGED 718 THOUSAND 
US DOLLARS AND AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, AND CANADA 
ARE ALSO EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE. 
 
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