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Cablegate: Croatian Foreign Minister Appeals to Un

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLASSIFIED SECTION 01 OF 02 ZAGREB 01589

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USMISSION USNATO 1107
USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0318
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CINCUSNAVEUR LONDON//N24//
CTF SIXTWO
CTF SIXONE
USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE//ECJ3/ECJ5//

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E.O. 12356: N/A
TAGS: PGOV
SUBJECT: CROATIAN FOREIGN MINISTER APPEALS TO UN
SECURITY COUNCIL

1. FOLLOWING IS TEXT OF NOVEMBER 11, 1991 LETTER FROM
DR. ZVONIMIR SEPAROVIC ADDRESSED TO THE UN SECURITY
COUNCIL APPEALING FOR ASSISTANCE FOR DUBROVNIK.
BEGIN TEXT.

SECURITY COUNCIL OF THE UN
NEW YORK

NOVEMBER 11, 1991

GENTLEMEN,

ACCORDING TO LATEST NEWS DUBROVNIK - THE TOWN UNDER
UNESCO PROTECTION AS A CULTURAL MONUMENT OF WORLDWIDE
SIGNIFICANCE - IS BEING SHELLED WITH A VENGEANCE. THE
OLD PART OF THE CITY AND ITS HISTORICAL CORE
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CONTAINING MOST VALUABLE MONUMENTS OF THE CROATIAN AND
WORLD CULTURAL HERITAGE HAS NOW COME UNDER HEAVIEST
ATTACKS, WHILE THERE IS ALREADY STREET FIGHTING IN ITS
IMMEDIATE VICINITY.

SIMULTANEOUSLY, THE TOWN OF VUKOVAR THAT HAS BEEN
UNDER SIEGE SINCE SEPTEMBER IS SUBJECT TO FEROCIOUS
ATTACKS. ITS REMAINING 15,000 INHABITANTS LIVE IN
CELLARS UNDER RUINS, WITHOUT WATER, ELECTRICITY AND
THE BASIC NECESSITIES, WHILE THEIR VERY LIVES ARE
UNDER CONSTANT THREAT. AS WAS DECLARED IN THE
STATEMENT BY THE HEADS OF STATES AND GOVERNMENTS AT
THE NATO COUNCIL IN ROME, ON NOVEMBER 8, THE
CONTINUING ATTACKS ON DUBROVNIK AND OTHER CROATIAN
TOWNS ARE OUT OF ALL PROPORTION.

WE WANT TO CALL THE ATTENTION OF THE WORLD PUBLIC TO
THE FACT THAT ASIDE FROM THE YUGOSLAV FEDERAL ARMY
THERE ARE ALSO UNITS MADE UP OF SERBIAN AND
MONTENEGRIN RESERVISTS TAKING PART IN THESE BRUTAL
ATTACKS.

THE ABSENCE OF AN EFFICIENT AND RAPID INTERVENTION OF
THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY WE WERE CALLING FOR SINCE
THE BEGINNING OF THE AGGRESSION AGAINST CROATIA, MADE
POSSIBLE THE COMMITMENT OF NUMEROUS WAR CRIMES AGAINST
UNARMED CIVILIANS, UNPROTECTED URBAN CENTRES AND
CULTURAL MONUMENTS OF NATIONAL AND WORLDWIDE
SIGNIFICANCE BY THE YUGOSLAV ARMY. DESTRUCTION ON
THIS SCALE HAS NO PRECEDENT IN OUR MODERN HISTORY.
WE ARE APPEALING TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO
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STOP THIS BARBARIC AND INHUMAN DESTRUCTION OF
PROPERTY, HUMAN LIFE AND CULTURAL TREASURES. WE
ENTREAT YOU TO TAKE IMMEDIATE AND URGENT STEPS IN
ORDER TO SEPARATE THE AGGRESSOR FROM THE VICTIM AND TO


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UNCLAS SECTION 02 OF 02 ZAGREB 01589

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E.O. 12356: N/A
TAGS: PGOV
SUBJECT: CROATIAN FOREIGN MINISTER APPEALS TO UN
SECURITY COUNCIL

PUBLICLY DECLARE BEFORE THE WHOLE WORLD THAT THE
YUGOSLAV FEDERAL ARMY AND SERBIA ARE THE AGGRESSORS,
WHO WILL HAVE TO BEAR THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE
CRIMES COMMITTED.

WE ARE HEREWITH URGING YOU TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION IN
ORDER TO SAVE DUBROVNIK, VUKOVAR AND THE OTHER
CROATIAN TOWNS THAT ARE NOW ENCIRCLED AND EXPOSED TO
INCESSANT SHELLING AND BOMBING AND TO BRUTAL AND
RUTHLESS DESTRUCTION THAT HAS NO EQUAL IN RECENT
HISTORY.

HOPING THAT YOU WILL GIVE THIS MATTER YOUR IMMEDIATE
ATTENTION, I REMAIN

FAITHFULLY YOURS,
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DR. ZVONIMIR SEPAROVIC
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA

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