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serbian_krajina - 68366 - 07.04.2012 : Serbian Government Beograd - best (0)

Dossier Serbian Krajina: A country without people


Nearly two months after Croatian forces drovemore than 120, 000 Serbian troops and civilians from the Krajinaregion of Croatia, Serbian villages continue to burn and an averageof four to six Serbian civilians are found dead each day, sayofficials of the United Nations and the European Union "Since the August offensive, U. N. patrols have documented a systematic campaign of arson, murder and looting by the Croatian military, '' said Alun R. Roberts, the U. N. press officer in Knin. He said Croatian troops had "destroyed whole Serb villages, making it impossible for those Serbs who fled to return. "Our U. N. patrols are continuing to find bodies, usually of elderly Serbs, killed in their homes. Despite repeated requests by the U. N. to the Croatian authorities to intervene, they appear to make little effort, and usually do nothing. '' The killing of elderly Serbs, many of them too weak to flee, has shocked and angered U. N. and European Union monitors here. Many of the victims lived alone in abandoned hamlets, where they would be visited by aid workers bringing food. In recent weeks many have been found dead, usually with a single bullet wound in the head. Earlier this month, Croatian special forces made a sweep through the largely deserted Plavno Valley, where some 40 Serbian hamlets lie abandoned or in ruins. U. N. peacekeepers following the sweep found two elderly men dead, one shot in the back of the head and the other with his throat cut. The next day, the United Nations found three more elderly Serbs killed, including a 90-year-old woman. "Evidence of atrocities, an average of six corpses a day, continues to emerge, '' says the latest European Union rights report. "The corpses, some fresh, some decomposed, are mainly old men. Many have been shot in the back of the head or had throats slit. Others have been mutilated. Isolated pockets of elderly civilians report people gone missing or detained. ''

"Of 102 civilians and 126 military personnel, only 57 were apparently identifiable. It seems rather strange that so many should have been without ID cards. ECMM has interviewed witnesses who say their Serb relatives were definitely carrying IDs when they were killed, however their names do not appear on any of the lists. The Croatian authorities have stated that fingerprints and photographic records have been kept of all the unidentified bodies .. . "

The suspicions of the European monitors have increased in recent weeks, as their report makes clear. "Granic a Croatian official stated on 24 August that of all the 524 victims from Operation Storm, only 24 civilians had been identified, when in SS (UN Sector South) alone there were 33 identified civilian corpses on 11 August. The figures are either extremely inaccurate or there are mass graves unaccounted for. It can only be presumed that the tip of the iceberg. " If any observers remain unconvinced by this devastating assessment, they have only to read the report of the UN human-rights team, led by Petr Soucek, which wrote to the organisation's humanitarian- affairs officer from south-western Krajina on 30 August. "In Gracac gravesite we saw 81 graves (crosses), " his report said. "Only a few crosses bore a name of the soldiers. There were 22 more crosses than on 18 August when the site had been visited last time. In Korenica grave site, we found 21 crosses .. . with no names" Then the report takes on a chilling tone. "In the Czech battalion area located in Korenica, I was informed by the Operations officer that on Sunday 5 August, 21 Serb civilians had been seen .. . chased by Croatian soldiers along the Czech battalion base. Later on, soldiers had heard inhuman screaming and then shooting. It might be just a coincidence between those 21 civilians and the 21 graves with no names on them!"

- The Independent September 5, 1995 Croatians count toll in a 'clean war'; By: Robert Fisk

Nor is there any end to the Croatian depredations in formerly Serb Krajina. Over the weekend, Croatian troops burned 98 per cent of the houses in five more deserted Serb villages in the Cetine valley, once home to around 1, 800 Serbs. The graffiti on a wall which I saw in the gutted village of Kistanje, west of Knin, summed up the emotions of the victorious Croatian army whose supposed discipline has been widely praised in Croatia and abroad. "Ovo ste trazili, " it said. "You were asking for it. " Following the banishment of about 200, 000 Serbs from the Krajina, the number of Serbs who remained in Croatia is 150, 000 at most, out of 600, 000 who had lived there before the crisis, says "la Liberation" claiming that the nationalist authorities have deprived the Serbian population of all minority rights. They have already gone back on the autonomy status of the Serbian area, electoral rights of the Serbs, establishment of the human rights tribunal etc. All this has been done on the eve of new parliamentary elections. Moreover, for the purpose of the forthcoming population census in Croatia a category of "non-citizen" has been introduced.

"Zagreb lagalises ethnic cleansing" LA LIBERATION, Paris Sept '95

"The authorities of Franjo Tudjman do not recognize Serbs as citizens, but grant Croatian citizenship to Bosnian Croats who have never lived in Croatia. This is not merely ethnic cleansing, this is racist policy". While stressing this point, the extensive report in "La Liberation" concludes with a warning that all these crimes and terror elicited "reticent objections on the part of Europe and America, but without any results". -

"The Great Mover" by Boris Dezulovic Feral Tribune, Split, Croatia, 9/11 1995

Vicepresident of the Croatian government Bosiljko Misetic publicly summarized at a press conference the thoughts behind the statements of the Great Transporter: "Croatia doesn't want people of non-Croatian ethnicity living in her. "

"U. S. -trained forces massacre Serbs" By Gary Wilson Via Workers World News Service Reprinted from the Oct. 12, 1995 issue of Workers World newspaper

An open letter from the Belgrade-based Serbian-Jewish Friendship Society to the American Jewish Committee says that "anti-Serbian propaganda" is "a twin sister of anti- Semitism. " The letter states that today in Croatia a policy of eliminating the Serbs is being carried out. This policy is so thorough that "in Croatia there are ŠnowĆ no more Serbs than there are Jews in Germany or Poland. " The letter is signed by the chief rabbi of Yugoslavia as well as many other prominent Jews of Yugoslavia. But this letter has not been referred to in the U. S. media.




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