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Cablegate: Letter to Secretary Baker From Foreign

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

141238Z Jul 92

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VIENNA ALSO FOR USDEL CSBM; ISLAMABAD FOR JPOGUE/POL
HELSINKI FOR USDEL CSCE
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E.O. 12356: N/A
TAGS: PREL PREF HR PREF HR PREF HR BK
SUBJECT: LETTER TO SECRETARY BAKER FROM FOREIGN
MINISTER SKRABALO


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1. PROVIDED HEREIN IS TEXT OF A LETTER FAXED TO
THE CONSULATE FROM CROATIAN FOREIGN MINISTER
ZDENKO SKRABALO, REGARDING THE SITUATION IN BOSNIA
-HERCEGOVINA (ENGLISH VERSION AS PROVIDEDB
CROATIANS).
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2. BEGIN TEXT:

ZAGREB, JULY 11, 1992

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
DEPARTMENT OF STATE
H.E.
JAMES BAKER
SECRETARY OF STATE

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YOUR EXCELLENCY,

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ONLY A DAY AFTER THE END OF THE HELSINKI SUMMIT
FROM WHICH (JUST LIKE THE BOSNIAN-HERCEGOVIAN
DELEGATION WHOM WE SAW OFF FROM ZAGREB THIS
MORNING) WE RETURNED FULL OF HOPES THAT THE
SITUATION IN CROATIA AND BOSNIA-HERCEGOVINA WOULD
IMPROVE, I AM COMPELLED TO SEND OUT THIS DRAMATIC
APPEAL.

IN SPITE OF ALL EFFORTS MADE BY THE INTERNATIONAL
COMMUNITY, THE SECURITY COUNCIL'S RESOLUTION, THE
HELSINKI DECISIONS, UNPROFOR MISSION, THE
SITUATION IN BOSIA-HERCEGOVINA HAS TAKEN A
DRAMATIC TURN FOR WORSE.

THE SERBIAN AGGRESSORS HAVE INTENSIFIED THEIR
ATTACKS AT ALL POSITIONS OF ALREADY EXISTING
CONFRONTATION (SARAJEVO, BOSNIAN POSAVINA, MOSTAR,
DUBROVNIK, SLAVONSKI BROD, ZUPANJA...) AND OPENED
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NEW FRONT-LINES (GORAZDE, TRAVNIK, BUGOJNO,
JAJCE...).

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ACTION EUR-01

INFO LOG-00 AID-01 CIAE-00 C-01 DODE-00 CISA-02 HA-09
H-01 INRE-00 INR-01 IO-19 L-03 ADS-00 NEA-01
NSAE-00 OIC-02 OMB-01 PA-02 PM-01 PRS-01 P-01
RP-10 SCT-03 SDEL-01 SNP-01 SP-01 SR-01 SSO-00
SS-01 TRSE-00 T-01 FMP-01 /067W
------------------49E0E1 141312Z /38
O 141238Z JUL 92
FM AMCONSUL ZAGREB
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1391
INFO AMEMBASSY BELGRADE IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY ANKARA
AMEMBASSY ATHENS
AMEMBASSY BONN
AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS
AMEMBASSY BUDAPEST
AMEMBASSY HELSINKI
AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD
AMEMBASSY LISBON
AMEMBASSY LONDON
AMEMBASSY LUXEMBOURG
AMEMBASSY MADRID
AMCONSUL MILAN
AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
AMEMBASSY PARIS
AMEMBASSY ROME
AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE
AMEMBASSY VIENNA
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USMISSION USNATO
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USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GM//ECJ3/ECJ5//
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CTF SIXTWO//N2//
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SIPDIS


VIENNA ALSO FOR USDEL CSBM; ISLAMABAD FOR JPOGUE/POL
HELSINKI FOR USDEL CSCE
.
E.O. 12356: N/A
TAGS: PREL PREF HR PREF HR PREF HR BK
SUBJECT: LETTER TO SECRETARY BAKER FROM FOREIGN
MINISTER SKRABALO

BY TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE FACT THAT THE ATTENTION
OF THE WORLD IS CONCENTRATED ON SARAJEVO AND THE
ATTEMPTS TO OPEN THE HUMANITARIAN CORRIDOR AND
TRYING TO FORESTALL DECISIVE ACTION BY
INTERNATIONAL FORCES, WHICH WILL HAVE TO BE TAKEN
SOONER OR LATER ANYWAY, THE SERBIAN-MONTENEGRIN
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AGGRESSORS ARE INTENT ON ACHIEVING TWO BASIC
OBJECTIVES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND THROUGH A
LARGE-SCALE MILITARY OPERATION:

1) ROUNDING UP THE BORDERS OF THE SO-CALLED
GREATER SERBIAN THROUGH DESTRUCTION OF ALL MOSLEM
AND CROATIAN ENTITIES IN CONTACT ZONES;

2) ACCOMPLISHING COMPLETE ETHNIC CLEANSING OF
TERRITORIES WITHIN THE SO-CALLED SERBIAN KRAINAS.

IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THE SECOND OBJECTIVE, THEY ARE
COMMITTING CRIMES UNHEARD-OF SINCE THE HOLOCAUST
AND THE END OF THE WORLD WAR II. ON A MASSIVE
SCALE MOSLEMS AND CROATS ARE BEING EXECUTED AND
HERDED INTO PRISON CAMPS, ENTIRE PLACES RAZED TO
THE GROUND, EVEN GRAVEYARD DESTROYED (E.G. THE
AREA OF PRIJEDOR-KOZARAC). THE PURPOSE OF ALL
THIS IS OBVIOUS: TO DRIVE OUT THE NON-SERBIAN
POPULATION FROM THESE AREAS FOR GOOD.

THE SITUATION IS PARTICULARLY DRAMATIC IN THE
AREAS OF NORTHERN BOSIA (POSAVINA) WHERE THE
SERBIAN ATROCITIES HAVE FORCED THE MAJORITY MOSLEM
POPULATION THERE INTO A PANIC FLIGHT TO CROATIA.

ONLY TODAY MORE THAN 20,000 PEOPLE HAVE FLED
ACROSS THE RIVER SAVA TO CROATIA TO SEEK SHELTER
IN THE AREA BETWEEN SLAVONSKI BROD AND ZUPANJA.
AS THE SAVA BRIDGES ARE DEMOLISHED, PEOPLE ARE
USING ALL KINDS OF MEANS TO RUN TO SAFETY AND MANY
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OF THEM (INCLUDING WOMEN AND CHILDREN) ARE
SWIMMING ACROSS THE RIVER SAVA, PANIC STRICKEN AS
THEY ARE.


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ACTION EUR-01

INFO LOG-00 AID-01 CIAE-00 C-01 DODE-00 CISA-02 HA-09
H-01 INRE-00 INR-01 IO-19 L-03 ADS-00 NEA-01
NSAE-00 OIC-02 OMB-01 PA-02 PM-01 PRS-01 P-01
RP-10 SCT-03 SDEL-01 SNP-01 SP-01 SR-01 SSO-00
SS-01 TRSE-00 T-01 FMP-01 /067W
------------------49E0E3 141312Z /38
O 141238Z JUL 92
FM AMCONSUL ZAGREB
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1392
INFO AMEMBASSY BELGRADE IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY ANKARA
AMEMBASSY ATHENS
AMEMBASSY BONN
AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS
AMEMBASSY BUDAPEST
AMEMBASSY HELSINKI
AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD
AMEMBASSY LISBON
AMEMBASSY LONDON
AMEMBASSY LUXEMBOURG
AMEMBASSY MADRID
AMCONSUL MILAN
AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
AMEMBASSY PARIS
AMEMBASSY ROME
AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE
AMEMBASSY VIENNA
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USMISSION GENEVA
USMISSION USNATO
USMISSION USUN NEW YORK
USIA WASHDC 1781
COMSIXTHFLT//N2//
CINCUSNAVEUR LONDON UK//N2/N22//
USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GM//ECJ3/ECJ5//
CTF SIXZERO//N2//
CTF SIXONE//N2//
CTF SIXTWO//N2//
CTF SIXSEVEN//JOCC// 0025
FOSIF ROTA SP
USEC BRUSSELS
WHITE HOUSE WASHDC 0646

UNCLAS SECTION 03 OF 03 ZAGREB 01169

SIPDIS


VIENNA ALSO FOR USDEL CSBM; ISLAMABAD FOR JPOGUE/POL
HELSINKI FOR USDEL CSCE
.
E.O. 12356: N/A
TAGS: PREL PREF HR PREF HR PREF HR BK
SUBJECT: LETTER TO SECRETARY BAKER FROM FOREIGN
MINISTER SKRABALO


THE AFORESAID IS AN ELEVENTH-HOUR WARNING THAT
UNLESS AN INTERNATIONAL MILITARY INTERVENTION IS
UNDERTAKEN SHORTLY, THE CONSEQUENCES IN TERMS OF
THE EXTENT OF HUMAN TRAGEDY, MOSTLY AFFECTING
CHILDREN, WOMEN AND OLD PEOPLE, WILL BE
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IMMEASURABLE.
CROATIA IS DOING ITS UTMOST TO GIVE EVERY POSSIBLE
HELP TO THIS VAST NUMBER OF EXPELLED PEOPLE, BUT
UTTERLY EXHAUSTED AS IT IS AS A RESULT OF THE WAR
AND THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF REFUGEES IN NEED
OF ACCOMMODATION, CLOTHES AND FOOD, IT HAS FOUND
ITSELF IN A POSITION WHERE IT WILL BE FORCED TO
REDIRECT THE FLOW OF REFUGEES TOWARDS WESTERN
EUROPE.

THEREFORE, I APPEAL TO YOU TO DO ALL YOU CAN TO
PREVENT THE TRAGEDY WHICH IS LOOMING LARGER AND
LARGER EVERY MINUTE. WE BELIEVE THAT THE ONLY
THING LEFT IS TO CALL AN EMERGENCY MEETING OF THE
SECURITY COUNCIL AND TO APPROVE AN INTERNATIONAL
MILITARY ACTION.

PROF. ZDENKO SKRABALO, M.D. PH.D.
MINISTER
END TEXT. EINIK

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