US embassy cable - 94ZAGREB23

WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL: CROATIAN RESPONSE

Identifier: 94ZAGREB23
Wikileaks: View 94ZAGREB23 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Zagreb
Created: 1994-01-03 18:34:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PHUM PREF PREL MOPS HR BK War Crimes
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

CONFIDENTIAL SECTION 01 OF 04 ZAGREB  00023 
 
SIPDIS 
 
AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS 
AMEMBASSY BONN 
AMEMBASSY BOGOTA 
AMEMBASSY BELGRADE 
AMEMBASSY ATHENS 
AMEMBASSY ANKARA 
 
C O N F I D E N T I A L ZAGREB 000023 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
EMBASSY VIENNA ALSO FOR BOSNIA 
 
E.O. 12356:  DECL:  OADR 
TAGS: PHUM, PREF, PREL, MOPS, HR, BK, War Crimes 
SUBJECT:  WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL:  CROATIAN RESPONSE 
 
REF:  STATE 385591 
 
1.  CONFIDENTIAL - ENTIRE TEXT. 
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2.  AS REQUESTED IN REFTEL, AMBASSADOR GALBRAITH 
CALLED ON FOREIGN MINISTER GRANIC JANUARY 13 TO 
DISCUSS ASSISTANCE TO THE PROSECUTOR FOR THE WAR 
CRIMES TRIBUNAL.  HE LEFT A COPY OF THE TALKING 
POINTS IN THE REFTEL. 
 
3.  THE AMBASSADOR STRESSED THE NEED FOR ASSISTANCE 
IN THE AREAS OF IDENTIFICATION AND INTERROGATION OF 
WITNESSES, AND APPREHENSION OF SUSPECTED PERPETRATORS, 
NOTING THAT CROATIA ALMOST CERTAINLY HAS ONE OF THE 
LARGEST CONCENTRATIONS OF POTENTIAL WITNESSES TO WAR 
CRIMES COMMITTED IN THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA. 
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4.  GRANIC REPLIED THAT CROATIA WILL GIVE "VERY 
STRONG SUPPORT" TO THE WORK OF THE INTERNATIONAL 
CRIMES TRIBUNAL.  HE STATED THAT, AT THE MOMENT, 
INFORMATION ON WAR CRIMES IS SCATTERED AMONG VARIOUS 
ORGANIZATIONS.  GRANIC MENTIONED THE LEADING ROLE 
PLAYED TO DATE BY DR. IVICA KOSTAVIC, DEPUTY PRIME 
MINISTER AND CROATIAN AMBASSADOR FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. 
HE ALSO NOTED THAT THE NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR WAR 
CRIMES HEADED BY DR. (AND SUPREME COURT PRESIDENT) 
VUKOVIC AS WELL AS SEVERAL PRIVATE GROUPS HAD BEEN 
ESPECIALLY ACTIVE IN THIS AREA. 
 
5.  ASKED IF CROATIA HAD ANY PLANS TO CONSOLIDATE THE 
INFORMATION ON HAND AND DESIGNATE A SINGLE INDIVIDUAL 
AS COORDINATOR ON WAR CRIMES ISSUES, GRANIC REPLIED 
THAT HE WOULD BE DISCUSSING THE MATTER WITH KOSTOVIC 
"WHO IS THE ONE WHO KNOWS BEST."  HE PROMISED TO 
PROVIDE US WITH A LIST OF PEOPLE AND INSTITUTIONS BY 
THE END OF THE WEEK. 
 
6.  WITH RESPECT TO IDENTIFYING AND DETAINING 
SUSPECTED WAR CRIMINALS, INCLUDING POSSIBLY CROATS, 
GRANIC REPLIED THAT CROATIA WAS IN PRONCIPLE PREPARED 
TO COOPERATE BUT THAT HE WANTED TO EXAMINE OUR POINTS 
IN MORE DETAIL AND WOULD WOULD GIVE AN OFFICIAL REPLY 
IN WRITING BY THE END OF THE WEEK.  WHEN IT WAS 
POINTED OUT THAT AMBASSADOR ALBRIGHT WOULD LIKELY 
RAISE THESE ISSUES DURING HER VISIT TO CROATIA, 
GRANIC STATED THAT THE GOC WOULD BE READY TO REPLY TO 
HER QUESTIONS ON THIS SUBJECT. 
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