- Title: BELGIUM - NATO ENDORSES DECISION TO AUTHORISE AIR STRIKES AGAINST CROATIA
- Date: 19th November 1994
- Summary: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (NOVEMBER 19, 1994) (REUTERS TELEVISION - AVAILABLE ALL) 1. GV NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANISATION (NATO) HEADQUARTERS (NIGHT SHOT) 0.05 2. SV INT NATO BUILDING, PEOPLE ENTERING BUILDING 0.10 3. SV UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR TO NATO ROBERT HUNTER SAYING THAT NATO SUPPORTS THE UNITED NATIONS (U.N.) RESOLUTION (ENGLISH) 0.33 3. SLV PEOPLE WALKING ALONG CORRIDOR (TOWARDS CAMERA) 0.37 4. SV ITALIAN AMBASSADOR TO NATO GIOVANNI IANNUZZI EXPLAINING THE EMERGENCY SESSION OF NATO SUPPORTING U.N. VOTE (FRENCH) 1.02 5. SV CAMERAMEN 1.07 6. SV IANNUZZI SAYING IT WILL BE UP TO THE U.N. MILITARY FORCES IN BOSNIA TO DECIDE WHAT ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN (FRENCH) 1.44 7. GV EXTERIOR OF NATO HEADQUARTERS/FLAGS (NIGHT SHOT) 1.47 TRANSCRIPT OF SEQUENCE 3: HUNTER: "AT THE MEETING TONIGHT, NATO TOOK A RESOLUTE DECISION TO ADOPT PRECISELY WHAT THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL ASKED US TO DO. WE STAND FULL SQUARE BEHIND THE UN, NATO IS READY TO ACT, IN REGARD TO THE SAFE AREA BIHAC INCLUDING ATTACKS THAT COME FROM THE SO CALLED KRAJINA AREA OF CROATIA." Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 4th December 1994 12:00
- Location: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- Country: Belgium
- Reuters ID: LVAAMEOVA6Q0U5WWCC6UTXA7AZ6H
- Story Text: The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) on Saturday (November 19) endorsed a United Nations (U.N.) Security Council decision to authorise air strikes against targets in Croatia used by Serbs to launch air raids on U.N.-designated safe areas in Bosnia.
NATO envoys took the decision at an emergency session in Brussels. The Security Council unanimously authorised strikes in response to air attacks from the Serb-controlled Krajina area of Croatia against the Moslem enclave of Bihac in north Bosnia.
Italian NATO ambassador Giovanni Iannuzzi said any military decisions would have to be made by the United Nations and NATO forces on the ground in Bosnia, including whether air strikes could be authorised retroactively.
The United States ambassador to NATO Robert Hunter, whose country has been pushing for a tougher response to Serb violations, said NATO had sent a strong message which the troops would clearly understand.
NATO sources said that U.N. military commander, French General Bertrand de Lapresle, may ask U.N. and NATO officials for strikes soon.
The United Nations resolution permits NATO warplanes to engage in pursuit or strike an airfield in Croatia used by rebel Serbs to launch air raids against U.N.-designated safe areas in neighbouring Bosnia. Six Moslem enclaves have been named as "safe areas" in an effort to protect the civilian population.
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