- Title: CROATIA: U.N ASSURED THAT PRISONERS ARE NOT BEING MISTREATED
- Date: 5th May 1995
- Summary: PAKRAC AND CROATIA (MAY 5, 1995) (REUTERS) SV U.N. SPECIAL ENVOY YASUSHI AKASHI EMERGES FROM SANDBAGGED BUILDING 0.07 SCU AKASHI SPEAKING (ENGLISH) 1.55 SEQUENCE 2 transcript: AKASHI :"WE EXPRESSED OUR CONCERNS ABOUT WHAT HAS BEEN TAKING PLACE BUT WE BEEN GIVEN ASSURANCE THAT OBSERVERS CAN VISIT CAMPS WHERE PEOPLE ARE BEING HELD, PROMISED RESPONSE FROM CROATIA ON FREEDOM OF U.N. FORCES TO DO THEIR JOB; CROATIA MUST RESPECT HUMAN RIGHTS AND IMPLEMENT CESSATION OF HOSTILITIES AGREEMENT AND PEOPLE BE GIVEN CHOICE TO STAY OR LEAVE"
- Embargoed: 20th May 1995 13:00
- Location: PAKRAC AND BJELOVAR, CROATIA
- Country: Croatia
- Topics: Conflict,General,Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA6BYLSEBVQQ5P5KSKEBB6PNIWQ
- Story Text: United Nations (U.N.) special envoy Yasushi Akashi said on Friday (May 5) he had been assured by Croatian officials that Serb prisoners and civilians were being properly treated.
He was speaking after touring the town of Pakrac - to which he was denied access yesterday - where hundreds of Serbs were reported to have been rounded up when Croatian soldiers captured the rebel Serb pocket of western Slavonia.
At least 600 Serb men of fighting age were taken from Pakrac to nearby towns including Bjelovar.
A European Union monitor has said the men were treated correctly as prisoners of war and Croatian officials allowed cameras to see the men being processed in a Bjelovar gymnasium.
The International Red Cross has also said that 1,500 women and children still in Pakrac were in satisfactory conditions.
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