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Cablegate: Cgyool -- Zagreb Update Dec 28, 1992

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

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USMISSION USVIENNA
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CINCUSNAVEUR LONDON UK//N2/N22//
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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
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 USVIENNA
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CINCUSNAVEUR LONDON UK//N2/N22//
USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE//ECJ3/ECJ5//

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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
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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O 281436Z DEC 92
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

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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
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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