- Title: CROATIA: SERBS ACCEPT A U.N. DRAFTED CEASEFIRE AGREEMENT
- Date: 3rd May 1995
- Summary: KNIN, CROATIA (MAY 3, 1995)(RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. SV CROATIAN SERB PRIME MINISTER BORISLAV MIKELIC ENTERS ROOM 0.24 2. SV MIKELIC TALKS TO JOURNALISTS 0.29 3. SV MIKELIC SPEAKING ABOUT ATTACKS ON ZAGREB (SERBO-CROAT) 2.17 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: KNIN, CROATIA
- Country: Croatia
- Duration: 00:02:19
- Story Text: Serbs from the Krajina enclave in Croatia on Wednesday (May 3) accepted a United Nations (U.N.)-drafted ceasefire agreement on the condition Croatian troops withdrew to starting positions.
But Croatia, whose troops overran the Western Slavonia enclave in a blitz assault on Tuesday, has already indicated it would not relinquish its control over the area, including a vital stretch of railroad and highway previously in Serb hands.
"We have agreed to an evacuation of our civilians and troops with personal armament to start at 9 a.m. tomorrow from Pakrac towards Gradiska under U.N. escort," Krajina Prime Minister Borislav Mikelic told reporters after a six-hour meeting with U.N.
officials in the Krajina capital of Knin.
Under the agreement, both "parties shall withdraw to their former positions as soon as possible and in any case not later than 2200 (2000 gmt) on May 3.
"To establish safety and security on the highway, both parties agreed that only the U.N. peace forces (or any of their units) shall, with the participation of the ECMM (European Community Monitoring Mission), control the highway and its immediate vicinity, up to two km (1.5 miles) on both sides of the highway in Sector West," the accord said.
The meeting started minutes before the Croatian capital Zagreb came under renewed attack on Wednesday, with several explosions rocking the city and wounding at least six people.
Minority Serbs rebelled against Croatia's break with Yugoslavia in 1991, capturing roughly one-third of the country.
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