UNPROFOR REPORT
LETTER: UNPROFOR – RATKO MLADIC, JULY 12th, 1995
The UNPROFOR Commander sent a letter to General Ratko Mladic in which he wrote: "the humanitarian situation in Potocari is possibly worse than at any time in this sad and unnecessary war, and will certainly become a disaster of unparalleled magnitude if urgent measures are not immediately taken. My aim in writing to you on this subject is to enlist your support in saving lives on a grand scale." He proposed that, besides heavy-lift United Nations helicopters to fly in food to Potocari, a negotiating team be sent to Potocari to act as his personal envoys, and enter into negotiations "with the aim of saving further lives." "An early sign of your goodwill in these negotiations will be to allow them free access into Potocari, and thereafter unrestricted movement". Mladic subsequently refused any overtures from the UNPROFOR Commander. General Milan Gvero told the UNPROFOR Commander's Chief of Staff in the afternoon that the VRS would only deal with the Dutch battalion Commander and that they refused to allow the helicopter flights into Srebrenica, because they "could not guarantee their safety."
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