Germany Stalls U.N. Mission to Yugoslavia
Germany on Saturday derailed the U.N. Security Council’s plan to send an advance observer mission to war-torn Yugoslavia.
Fearing an escalation in Yugoslavia’s civil war, the Security Council had been ready to send an advance party of 10 monitors to pave the way for deployment of a 10,000-strong peacekeeping force.
But a letter from German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher to U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar threw the plan into disarray at the 11th hour, delaying a vote on the peacekeeping plan for at least a day.
Germany is promising to recognize the independence of Croatia and Slovenia by Christmas.
Perez de Cuellar had said “premature” recognition of Croatia and Slovenia would widen the conflict.
Genscher’s letter retorted that failing to recognize would only reward the aggressors--meaning Serbia and the Serbian-led army.