UN says Serbs guilty of supporting terrorism
Beaver County Times, p.A4
1 September 1994.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) – Bosnian Serb leaders are guilty of “state ordained terrorism” in a campaign purging northern Bosnia of thousands of non-Serbs, a U.N. aid official charged today.
Peter Kessler of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, the main U.N. aid agency, said 3,000 Bosniaks had been driven from their homes in Serb-held areas in August alone.
“These kinds of movements cannot happen without the full support of the Bosnian Serb authorities,” Kessler told reporters in Sarajevo. “This is a kind of push to create a Serb-only state, and these kinds of movements are indicative of a state-ordained terrorism.”
Leaders of the self-declared ethnic Serb state within Bosnia often have blamed “ethnic cleansing campaigns on zealous local officials whom they say they cannot control.
But Kessler said recent campaigns of forced expulsions, especially around the north-eastern town of Bijeljina, were too large to be considered isolated incidents.
“These movements have been accompanied by ethnic terrorism,” he said. “There have been several cases of rape. People have been robbed of jewelry and belongings.”
Serbs have been accused most of using terror to drive non-Serbs from territory they have seized.
Their efforts appear to have intensified in recent weeks, following the Bosnian Serb leadership’s rejection of an international peace plan that would divide Bosnia.
The plan would require Bosnian Serbs to give up about a third of the 70 percent of the country they control.
Bosnian Serb leaders have denounced the plan. They say about 96 percent of Bosnian Serbs who voted in a referendum last weekend endorsed the leadership’s rejection of the proposed division.