MILITARY OPERATION MASLENICA (1993): A NEW INTERPRETATION OF INTERNATIONAL REACTIONS

Vladimir Filipović ; Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

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Abstracts
This paper analyses international response to the Croatian military operation
Maslenica in January 1993. Based on media comments and reactions of key
international mediators in the war in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina,
particularly the United Nations, France and Chairman of the International
Conference on the Former Yugoslavia, it seeks to answer the question of what
the reaction was, how in reality it was in accordance with the proclaimed
policies and how it fit into the overall international policy towards the war in
Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The paper is based on the documents
of the United Nations, the analysis of several newspapers and reports of the
Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It situates behaviour of the main participants
within the context of “carrots and sticks” strategy. The Maslenica
operation had shown that international community would not prevent military
interventions against the self-declared Republic of Srpska Krajina by Croatian
forces. It thus announced what subsequently happened in 1995 with the decisive
Operation Storm.

Keywords
Operation Maslenica; War in Croatia 1991-1995; UNPROFOR; Vance’s Plan; France