bosnia report
No. 3 January - 1994
 
Motion for a Resolution on Bosnia-Herzegovina

The European Parliament having regard to:

  1. the desperate condition of the people in Bosnia-Herzegovina and their belief that they have been betrayed by the failure to ensure respect for the minimum standards of international law;
  2. the fact that a large proportion of the population of BosniaüHerzegovina is still maintaining a multiüethnic society;
  3. the continuing attacks against the civilian population and the frequent interruptions of the supply of humanitarian aid;
  4. the isolation by blockade and siege of towns and regions;
  5. the dissatisfaction of the UNPROFOR troops and their commanders with the weakness of their mandate and the lack of the strength needed for carrying out the UN decisions;
  6. the request of the French Government for US military assistance to stop the violence;
  7. the reluctance of EU Member States to provide troops in spite of solemn promises;
  8. the declaration of the NATO summit;
  9. the mandate, the strategy and the utter lack of results achieved by the EU negotiator Lord Owen who, although Bosnia-Herzegovina is a member of the United Nations, strives constantly to divide it on ethnic grounds;
Demands:
  1. the recognition and protection of the right of the legal government of Bosnia-Herzegovina to a viable state;
  2. the determination to turn UNPROFOR into `peace making' troops since the failure to establish peace dooms 'peace keeping' to futility;
  3. troops to ensure, by their active intervention, the safety of all 'safe areas' as promised by the Council and Member States;
  4. the opening of supply routes and the airport to Tuzla, which is the biggest area where the Bosnians still maintain a multiüethnic civilian government;
  5. effective measures to end the strangulation of Sarajevo, not only by ensuring the delivery of essential supplies but by stopping the bombardment and other military attacks on the city;
  6. the ending of the confinement in Srebrenica of Canadian troops of UNPROFOR who are due to be relieved by Dutch troops;
  7. the elimination of artillery positions from which ceasefires are broken;
  8. the elimination of sniper activities;
  9. active diplomacy and pressure on Croatia in order to end Croatian attacks on Bosnia-Herzegovina and to restore good relations between these two countries;
  10. the rigorous maintenance of the sanctions against the Belgrade regime until all Serb aggression against BosniaüHerzegovina is ended;
  11. active assistance to all those throughout former Yugoslavia who support human rights, democracy and dialogue against chauvinism and 'ethnic cleansing';
  12. that political, operational and financial support for the International Tribunal for War Crimes in former Yugoslavia be part of the Common Action Programme of the European Union;
  13. the nomination of a new negotiator for the EU with an adequÌÌÌÌÌÌÌ̼ate mandate to carry out and a new strategy for doing so;
  14. instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission, the Council, the Secretary-Generals of the UN, NATO and the WEU as well as the Governments of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia.
Signed by Mr Bertens and Mrs von Alemann on behalf of the LDR Group.

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