JULY 16th, 1995 (DOSSIER 5000)
GENOCIDE: DELIBERATE, SYSTEMATIC, ORGANIZED; SITUATION OF DISPLACED POPULATION OF SREBRENICA AT TUZLA AIRBASE
UNITED NATIONS, protective force UNPROFOR; Staff Sector North-East, Tuzla-Civil-Military Operations G5
The bus transport of weakened civilians through areas controlled by Serbs was systematic, brutal and uncompromising. This was not a spontaneous project undertaken by Pale, but considering the provision of buses, routes and personnel, a well-planned and efficiently executed operation all carried out according to a precise schedule set for the transfer of the population. Another overlooked but critical aspect of the expulsions was the Bosnian Serb authorities' consistent refusal over the previous 4 months to allow the delivery of basic food, fuel and other humanitarian aid supplies through UNHCR and Dutch battalion convoys. This was part of a deliberate policy to keep the population in poor physical and mental condition, leaving it weaker and less willing to defend against any attack on the enclave. The civilian population was not the only victim of this policy. For almost 3 months, the Dutch battalion staff, which accounted for nearly a quarter of the UNPROFOR presence in the enclave, was not allowed to enter the "safe area." Since the last departing Dutch convoy was allowed to leave unscathed, but refused re-entry in April, it seems a plan had already formed to either minimize or destroy the UNPROFOR presence.
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