"DIRECTIVE 7"
RS PRESIDENT RADOVAN KARADZIC
MARCH 1995
In March of 1995, Republika Srpska president Radovan Karadzic, reacting to pressure from the international community to end the war and the ongoing efforts to negotiate a peace agreement, issued a directive regarding the long-term strategy of VRS forces toward the enclave. The directive, known as "Directive 7", states that the VRS forces should fully sever the physical link between Srebrenica and Zepa; and that by deliberate and well-thought out combat operations create an unbearable situation of total insecurity with no hope of further survival or life for the inhabitants of Srebrenica. Part of the plan was also to block convoys of humanitarian aid. The directive also states that the relevant state and military organs responsible for working with UNPROFOR and humanitarian organizations are given approval to deliberately and unobtrusively reduce and restrict the logistical support UNPROFOR could provide to the enclaves and the delivery of material supplies to the Muslim population, to "make them dependent on our good will, while at the same time avoiding condemnation by the international community and world public opinion." Just as envisioned by this directive, in mid-1995 the humanitarian situation in the enclave for Bosnian Muslim civilians and peacekeepers grew catastrophic.
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