US Report: Serbs Worst Since Nazis, Systematic Shelling & Starvation of Bosnian Muslims
Serbs Worst Since Nazis, report says
By: Barry Schweid
The Daily Gazette
21 January 1993.
WASHINGTON – Serbian forces in Bosnia are conducting a campaign of systematic shelling and starvation of Muslims [Bosniaks] that “dwarfs anything seen in Europe since Nazi times,” the State Department reported Tuesday.
“It borders on genocide,” said Patricia Diaz Dennis, assistant secretary of state for human rights and humanitarian affairs.
The 17th annual report to Congress surveyed 189 countries and found abuses in dozens of them, but none on the scale of Bosnia-Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav republic whose assertion of independence touched off a brutal ethnic conflict.
Civilians are the primary targets of Serbian military action, the report said. By the end of 1992, more than 1.5 million people were displaced by the war, including an estimated one half of the Muslim [Bosniak] population.
All sides in the former Yugoslav republic are guilty of atrocities, but “the greatest atrocity – the systematic shelling and starvation by siege of large cities – was carried out by Serbian forces, which alone had both the means and the will to carry out such crimes against humanity.”