- Title: ITALY: NATO READY TO PROVIDE MORE AIR SUPPORT OVER BOSNIA AT UN REQUEST.
- Date: 12th July 1995
- Summary: AVIANO, ITALY (JULY 12, 1995) (RTV - AVAILABLE ALL) 1. GV STREET SCENE/SV EXT BUILDING (2 SHOTS) 0.09 2. SV NATO SOUTHERN FORCES COMMANDER ADMIRAL LEIGHTON SMITH SPEAKING OF BEING READY FOR FURTHER AIR STRIKES IF NEEDED (ENGLISH) 0.58 2. GV EXT. OF AVIANO AIR BASE 1.03 3. SLV F16 ON THE GROUND 1.06 4. GV CONTROL TOWER 1.09 5. GV/LVF16S TAKING OFF (4 SHOTS) 1.47 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 27th July 1995 13:00
- Location: AVIANO AIR BASE, ITALY
- Country: Italy
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- Story Text: The commander of the NATO warplanes that struck Bosnian Serb forces over Srebrenica said on Wednesday (July 12) he was ready to provide more air support over Bosnia if called on by the United Nations.
"In the event that the force commander (in Bosnia) asks for any kind of air support and it is within my mandate it is my intention to provide it in the best way that I can," Admiral Leighton Smith told reporters.
Smith was briefing reporters at NATO's southern command headquarters about Tuesday's mission over Bosnia.
"Our mandate is to respond to a request from the United Nations for assistance in terms of air and close air support ...," Smith said. "That was the mission we were asked to perform yesterday and we did so".
Asked about the United Nations' next possible decision in Bosnia, Smith said: "I can't tell you what the United Nations plan is but my great hope is that we will be able to assist in achieving a goal in continuing to protect the existing safe areas." At Aviano airbase in northern Italy on Wednesday (July 12) it was business as usual for NATO pilots with regular takeoffs and landings as part of operation deny flight.
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