US embassy cable - 94ZAGREB2371

AMBASSADOR RAISES WAR CRIMES, REFUGEE PROBLEMS WITH CROATIAN PRESIDENT, DEFMIN

Identifier: 94ZAGREB2371
Wikileaks: View 94ZAGREB2371 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Zagreb
Created: 1994-06-20 15:36:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PHUM PREF 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.

C O N F I D E N T I A L ZAGREB 002371 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
VIENNA ALSO FOR BOSNIA; USVIENNA ALSO FOR USDEL CSCE 
 
E.O. 12356:  DECL OADR 
TAGS: PHUM, PREF, HR, BK, War Crimes 
SUBJECT:  AMBASSADOR RAISES WAR CRIMES, REFUGEE 
          PROBLEMS WITH CROATIAN PRESIDENT, DEFMIN 
 
REF:  ZAGREB 2348 
 
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1.  CONFIDENTIAL - ENTIRE TEXT. 
 
2.  DURING A MEETING WITH PRESIDENT TUDJMAN, DEFMIN 
SUSAK, AND DEPUTY FM SANADER, ON OTHER SUBJECTS 
(SEPTEL), AMB. GALBRAITH MADE TWO OTHER POINTS: 
 
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CRIMINAL ACTS OF CROATIAN OCCUPYING TROOPS 
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3.  AMB. GALBRAITH SAID THAT THE DESECRATION OF GRAVES 
HE HAD WITNESSED IN KASIC (REFTEL), EVIDENTLY COMMITTED 
BY CROATIAN TROOPS WHO OCCUPIED THE VILLAGE FOR 14 
MONTHS, WAS HORRENDOUS AND UNACCEPTABLE.  BOTH CROATIAN 
OFFICIALS SOUGHT TO DENY CROATIAN RESPONSIBILITY, THEN 
TO ARGUE THAT SERBS HAD DONE MUCH WORSE THINGS AND ON A 
LARGER SCALE, TO CROATS.  THE AMBASSADOR RESPONDED THAT 
THIS SORT OF DEFENSE WAS LIKE COMPARING THE ACTIONS OF 
A LEGITIMATE POLICE FORCE TO THE MAFIA;  AS A WESTERN 
DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY, CROATIA MUST EXPECT TO BE HELD TO A 
HIGH STANDARD.  MOREOVER, SUCH ACTIONS, AS A PRACTICAL 
MATTER, CREATED ILL WILL THAT WOULD MAKE REINTEGRATION 
MORE DIFFICULT WHEN THE TIME CAME.  GALBRAITH SUGGESTED 
THAT SUSAK CONSIDER GIVING SPECIAL TRAINING TO CROATIAN 
TROOPS TO SENSITIZE THEM ON THESE ISSUES. 
 
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HANDLING OF REFUGEES 
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4.  AMB. GALBRAITH ALSO INQUIRED ABOUT REPORTS THAT 
SOME 450 REFUGEES FROM THE BANJA LUKA AREA OF BOSNIA- 
HERZEGOVINA HAD BEEN HELD AT THE CONFRONTATION LINE (IN 
UNPA SECTOR WEST), REFUSED CROATIAN PERMISSION TO 
ENTER.  NONE OF THE CROATIAN OFFICIALS PRESENT WAS 
FAMILIAR WITH THE CASE.  PRES. TUDJMAN MADE A PHONE 
CALL AND REPORTED THAT THOSE REFUGEES FROM THE GROUP 
WHO HAD MEDICAL PROBLEMS HAD BEEN ADMITTED IMMEDIATELY. 
THE OTHERS WERE BEING HELD TEMPORARILY, PENDING FINDING 
PLACES FOR THEM TO GO.  THIS WAS NECESSARY BECAUSE THE 
CONTINUING HEAVY FLOW OF REFUGEES HAD STRAINED 
CROATIA'S CAPACITY TO ABSORB THEM.  NEVERTHELESS, 
TUDJMAN ASSURED THE AMBASSADOR THE CROATIAN GOVERNMENT 
HAD NO INTENTION OF NOT ADMITTING THESE PEOPLE.  "HELP 
US END THIS WAR," HE SAID, SO THAT SUCH PROBLEMS WOULD 
NOT OCCUR. 
 
GALBRAITH 
 
 
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