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  • UN Sanctions Resolutions
    Full list of United Nations resolutions on the issue of sanctions on former Yugoslavia

  • Chronology of the Yugoslav Crisis
    By the Associated Press; goes from 1968 to March 1999

    Highlighted Documents and Articles

    Highly Recommended ArticleSrebrenica: A "Safe" Area (April 10, 2002)
    The Netherlands Institute for War Documentation's report on the fall of Srebrenica concludes the "humanitarian motivation and political ambitions" drove the Dutch to "keep the peace where there was no peace."

    Highly Recommended ArticleOur Shame Over Srebrenica (July 12, 2001)
    As the West gleefully applauds the arrest of Slobodan Milosevic, the principal genocidaires in Bosnia continue to roam freely. In addition, the UN has done nothing to investigate the Srebenica massacre--an event that continues to disgrace the UN and its peacekeeping operations. (Independent)



    March 24, 1999: In Memory of Yugoslavia (March 24, 2003)
    Global Research draws a parallel between the war on Iraq and the one on Yugoslavia in 1999. US "cowardly attacks" by mass bombings indiscriminately kills civilians, thus violating international law.

    US Unfreezes Part of Former Yugoslavia's Funds (February 26, 2003)
    The US has unfrozen many of the funds blocked by sanctions during the Milosevic regime, says the US Embassy. The decision does not include assets of former Yugoslavia's diplomatic missions, former National Bank or to some private funds. (invest-in-serbia)


    Violence Stirs Fear of Wider Conflict in Macedonia (April 26, 2002)
    Political dialogue and international peacekeeping efforts have yet to bring stability and ethnic reconciliation in Macedonia. (Washington Post)

    America Used Islamists to Arm the Bosnian Muslims: The Srebrenica Report Reveals the Pentagon's Role in a Dirty War (April 22, 2002)
    The Netherlands Institute for War Documentation's report reveals that the US intelligence agencies secretly broke the UN arms embargo and channeled arms to Islamist groups during the war in the Former Yugoslavia.(Guardian)

    The Dutch Were Not at Fault in Srebrenica - The World Was (April 18, 2002)
    Although the Dutch government took responsibility and resigned for the fall of the UN "safe area," the Guardian argues that the only fault of the Dutch was their naivety in accepting the idea of "interventionism on the cheap" in Bosnia.

    'Deterrence by Presence' is No Deterrence at All ( April 17, 2002)
    The Dutch report on Srebrenica sends a warning that weak and inefficient peacekeeping missions will lose against the "peace-breakers who us[e] force freely and criminally." (Daily Telegraph)


    French Insist Britain Must Share Blame For Srebrenica (November 30, 2001)
    The French parliamentary inquiry into the fall of the UN "safe-area" in Bosnia harshly criticized the UN Security Council for "undertaking commitments they did not respect because they did not equip themselves with the means." (The Scotsman)

    UN Force for Macedonia (September 26, 2001)
    Although the UN mandate in Macedonia has not been issued in full, the Security Council is adopting a resolution which "strongly supports […] the establishment of a multinational security presence" in the area. (Guardian)

    UN Security Council Lifts Yugoslavia Arms Embargo (September 10, 2001)
    As a reward for having transferred Milosevic to The Hague, the Security Council unanimously voted to lift sanctions imposed against Former Yugoslavia.(Reuters)

    Macedonia's Fragile Peace (August 28, 2001)
    Mission Impossible? It is hard to assess exactly how many weapons the rebels in Macedonia have in possession. NATO will therefore have a hard time determining when exactly its mission to supervise the voluntary return of the weapons is over. It also has to decide on how to manage the transition to a stable peace. (Economist)

    Preparing for Deployment (August 21, 2001)
    In Macedonia, the different ethnic groups are worlds apart in their expectations about NATO's Operation Essential Harvest. Extremists among ethnic Macedonians contend that the operation's ultimate goal is the division of the country, while NLA leader Ali Ahmeti is busy conveying the image that NATO one-sidedly supports his organization. (Institute for War and Peace Reporting)

    Analysis: Stop-Start Search for Peace (August 14, 2001)
    Although the peace agreement has been signed, negotiations between the Macedonian government and the NLA will continue. Politicians on both sides worry that if they are perceived as being too ready to compromise, they might be outmanoeuvred by their more nationalist rivals. (BBC)

    See-Sawing (August 13, 2001)
    Leaders representing Macedonia's Slav majority and its ethnic-Albanian minority have signed a deal, giving more autonomy for the ethnic Albanians. But the country seems nonetheless to be descending into war. (Economist)

    Negotiators 'Close' to Macedonia Peace Deal (August 6, 2001)
    EU negotiators have almost finished brokering a peace agreement between Macedonia and its ethnic Albanian rebels, but peace may be elusive, as the radical elements in both camps are unlikely to support the deal. (Independent)

    Macedonia Says Mediators Hurt Truce (July 25, 2001)
    The Macedonian government claims that NATO's bias towards ethnic Albanians has aggravated the crisis in Macedonia and brought the Balkan nation to the brink of war. (Reuters)

    Macedonia Teeters on The Brink of Disaster (June 1, 2001)
    A synopsis of the current standoff between Macedonian security forces and ethnic Albanian rebels, this article assesses the prospects for a peaceful resolution to the conflict. (Jane's intelligence Review)

    Rebels Battle Army in Macedonia, Disarm in Serbia (May 21, 2001)
    Some guerrillas in southern Serbia may move South to join the guerillas fighting in northern Macedonia. (Reuters)

    Macedonian PM Calls for War (May 6, 2001)
    As the tensions are growing between security forces and ethnic Albanians, the Macedonian prime minister wants to ask the Parliament to declare the state of war. (The Age)

    UN Security Council Condemns Terrorist Violence in Macedonia (March 22, 2001)
    The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution, sponsored by France and the UK, condemning violence in Macedonia. The resolution is more a political message as it does not take any concrete decision on the issue. (Agence France Presse)

    Macedonia Clashes Prompt Crisis Talks (March 5, 2001)
    After the clash with between Albanian separatists and Macedonian troops at the Kosovo border, Macedonia urges the Security Council to create a buffer zone. (BBC)


    EU, Lifting Sanctions, Welcomes Serbia into Europe (October 9, 2000)
    With a new Yugoslavian president in place, the EU removes all sanctions not pertaining directly to Slobodan Milosevic. The removal of American sanctions should come next. (Agence France Presse)

    List of International Sanctions Against Serbia (October 9, 2000)
    A brief survey of the US, EU and UN sanctions in place against Yugoslavia before the European Union sanctions were lifted. (Agence France Presse)

    Manifesto of the Anniversary of NATO Aggression on FRY (March 22, 2000)
    An article from Tanjug about the Manifesto published by several Spanish associations stating that "the intervention against FRY was a dramatic example of information manipulation in the service of war".

    Suspension of the Ban (March 20, 2000)
    The European Union has decided to normalize its flight laws for air traffic to and from Serbia, ending its previous restrictions. (Tanjug/Serbia-Info)


    US Urged to Remove Sanctions on Yugoslavia (October 26, 1999)
    Punitive measures such as an embargo on heating oil are harming ordinary citizens and helping to entrench President Slobodan Milosevic in power, according to the Yugoslav opposition.

    UN Reports Little Help in Monitoring Balkan Arms Ban (August 11, 1998)
    This article from the New York Times tells of how the sanctions the UN has agreed upon for Serbia are going unenforced because the UN, NATO, the EU, and OSCE have all been reluctant to commit such a large-scale mission as would have been necessary.

    EU Tightens Sanctions on Serbia over Kosovo (June 8, 1998)
    The European Union increases its sanctions on Serbia over new human rights violations inflicted by Serb military units. (CNN)

    Canadian Customs Notice on the Lifting of Trade Sanctions (April 7, 1998)
    The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade announced that the trade embargo against the United Nations Protected Area in the Republic of Croatia was to be lifted.

    US Fails to Get Firmer Yugoslav Sanctions (March 26, 1998)
    This article from the New York Times reveals Russia's moderate position on punishing the Milosevic regime - they say yes to an arms embargo but no to total trade sanctions.

    In Wake of New Violence, Serbia Faces More Sanctions (March 19, 1998)
    Serbia stands at risk of being placed with new sanctions as foreign ministers turn up the pressure on the Serb and ethnic Albanian sides to end the bloodshed. (Associated Press)

    Serbian Opposition Against Sanctions (March 14, 1998)
    Opposition parties in Serbia are against the international sanctions imposed on Yugoslavia, saying that the new measures adopted by the European Union will hurt ordinary Serbs while strengthening the political position of President Slobodan Milosevic. (BBC News)

    Kosovo Crackdown (March 9, 1998)
    The US along with five other nations have decided to place an arms embargo and other sanctions against Yugoslavia in response to violence against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. Tens of thousands of ethnic Albanians in the province held their biggest demonstration in decades to protest the deadly crackdown. (Reuters)

    Sanctions on Yugoslavia are Discriminatory and Counterproductive (December 16, 1997)
    The Serbian Unity Congress expresses deep regret for the decision to continue sanctions against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia on the grounds that they are only worsening the situation. (Associated Press)

    Report of the Round Table on UN Sanctions in the Case of Yugoslavia
    Event held in Copenhagen (June 24-25, 1996).

    Clinton Suspends Sanctions Against Serbia and Montenegro (1995)
    US economic and military sanctions against Serbia and Montenegro are suspended after having achieved their purpose of bringing the Serbs to the negotiating table to forge a peace agreement. (Associated Press)

    Clinton Urges Stiffer Sanctions Against Serbia to Curb Warfare (April 27, 1993)
    An article from the Los Angeles Times discusses President Clinton's order for a tightening of economic sanctions against Serbia in an attempt to force a halt to the war in Bosnia, which has already left 135,000 missing or dead in the past year.

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