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[Yugoslavia Memory of a disaster] 1991, the Yugoslav army attacks Dubrovnik

While its guns continued to pound the historic city of Dubrovnik, the federal army abandoned other areas in Yugoslavia. One more Yugoslav nonsense or a new one
tactic...

The Yugoslav federal army has decided – more than ever – to put an end to Dubrovnik and integrate the Croatian city into Serbian territories, before the imminent arrival of international troops.
“Some 3.000 shells fell on Dubrovnik on Sunday”, according to the Croatian agency Hina, and “the combined attacks by land and sea hit, burned and destroyed 17 hotels in the city and 122
boats docked in the port of Gruz.

On Sunday, shells fell for the first time on the Minceta fortress dating from the 15th century, in the historic center of the old town placed under UNESCO protection. At
contempt of conventions on the protection of cultural property and despite the “instructions given by the command of the federal army to preserve historical monuments”.

This acceleration of the offensive on Dubrovnik marks a change in Serbian tactics. The offensive here no longer has a major ethnic reason, the city of Dubrovnik having less than a quarter of
Serbian population. The federal army is now fighting – before the arrival of international troops now desired by both the Serbs and the Croats – in sectors likely to
serve as support points for an enlarged Republic of Serbia and Montenegro. It abandons the distant fronts of the Serbian zone – and logistics.

On Sunday, a local absolute ceasefire agreement was signed – and relatively respected – under the auspices of EEC observers in Sisak, located less than 50 kilometers from Zagreb.
In Rijeka, on the Dalmatian coast, on Monday morning, the port blockade was lifted and the tanks of the Rijeka army corps repatriated on boats to Bar in the south of the country. Once this reorganization
tactics completed, the UN will be able to intervene...

(article published in La Truffe, November 12, 1991, © NGV)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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