Bosnia and the New Collective Security

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Chapter 3

Peacekeeping in Bosnia

It is perhaps ironic that when war broke out in Bosnia in early April 1992, there were already peacekeepers in Sarajevo. Two months previously, UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali had chosen Sarajevo as a neutral site for UNPROFOR's headquarters to preclude any Serb or Croat accusations that the United Nations was giving preferential treatment to the other side by establishing the headquarters on one or the other's territory. While politically sound, the decision soon proved militarily untenable. After the Bosnian government declared its independence on 2 April 1992 the Bosnian Serbs, who as the recipients of the JNA's weapons were the best equipped militarily of the three ethnic groups, began laying siege with artillery and mortars to several Muslim-dominated cities, including Sarajevo. As a result, it was difficult, if not impossible, for headquarters personnel in Sarajevo to maintain contact with the sector commanders in the United Nations Protected Areas in Serb-held Croatia. The chaos compelled the United Nations to relocate UNPROFOR headquarters outside Bosnia. 1


THE MANDATES

The Sarajevo Airport Mandate

Although UNPROFOR headquarters withdrew from Bosnia in May 1992, some 120 staff remained in Sarajevo. Being the only international presence in Bosnia, UNPROFOR soon found itself leading negotiations among the parties both on specific ad hoc problems and on arrangements

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Acronyms xiii
  • Chapter 1 - The Range of Choice: Crisis Management Tools for the Post-Cold War Era 1
  • Chapter 2 - Prelude to the Bosnian Crisis 11
  • Chapter 3 - Peacekeeping in Bosnia 19
  • Chapter 4 - Peacemaking in Bosnia 45
  • Chapter 5 - Peace Enforcement in Bosnia 71
  • Chapter 6 - Peacebuilding in Bosnia 83
  • Chapter 7 - Conclusion 99
  • Appendix 1 113
  • Appendix 2 115
  • Selected Bibliography 119
  • Index 125
  • About the Author 129
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