July 4, 1991 |
Amid warnings that the Yugoslav army was "out of control" and "running amok" against two breakaway republics, the United States yesterday suggested that all countries halt economic aid and arms sales to Yugoslavia. Secretary of State James A. Baker 3d also issued a joint statement with the head of the European Community (EC) calling for an immediate halt to the violence and a return of all military forces to their barracks. No serious fighting was reported in Yugoslavia yesterday, but it was not clear whether the lull would last.
April 19, 1992 |
Before Yugoslavia broke into pieces, representatives of its six republics used to take turns in an Alice-in-Wonderland spectacle called the rotating presidency. Four of the republics abandoned this weekly tea party over the last year, but Serbia and Montenegro insisted on playing out the farce of government. At each session, their representatives would solemnly take their seats at opposite ends of a vast, polished table, and then, oblivious to the four empty chairs between them, proceed to conduct the affairs of a country that no longer existed.
June 27, 1991 |
Yugoslav army tanks rumbled ominously through the Slovenian countryside yesterday and early today, and air force jets buzzed the republic's independence ceremonies. It was one day after the republics of Croatia and Slovenia declared their independence from Yugoslavia, and the federal government responded with a show of force, but little else. Early today, Yugoslav army tanks closed in on Slovenia's main airport after defiant citizens set up blockades but apparently did not try to fight the advance.
August 10, 1986 |
The Istrian peninsula, at the northernmost tip of the Adriatic Sea, promises visitors 2,398 hours of sunshine yearly. That's a lot of sunshine. Even discounting civic enthusiasm by reducing the figure one-fifth, one could end up basking in five hours' worth daily. Considering the number of dank and foggy winter days, a person is left with the realization that during summer, the sun is almost a constant companion. It is little wonder, then, that northern Europeans flock to Istria to get away from their undeniably dreary climates.
March 15, 1988 |
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev arrived yesterday for his first visit to communist but nonaligned Yugoslavia, where he was expected to take a hard look at the country's liberal form of communism. He and his wife, Raisa, received enthusiastic greetings from crowds in Belgrade, and they made separate, impromptu forays into the throngs. At a war memorial, Gorbachev surprised security men when he waded into a cheering crowd. Later, his wife was mobbed as she crossed the road from the National Museum to greet a crowd chanting support for perestroika, her husband's economic reform program.
June 1, 1992 |
Yugoslavia was barred from international soccer and tennis competition yesterday, one day after the United Nations passed sweeping sanctions against the war-torn country. International Olympic Committee officials will meet this week to discuss whether to exclude Yugoslavia from the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch gave no indication which way the IOC is leaning. But Josep Miquel Abad, the No. 2 man on the Barcelona Olympic Organizing Committee, suggested that Yugoslav athletes might be able to participate in the Games under the Olympic flag instead of their national flag.
September 29, 1991 |
A Europe "whole and free" is dying. In Yugoslavia, Serbs and Croats are killing each other in a kind of bilateral suicide while the United States errs by not waging peace in the Balkans as vigorously as we prosecuted war in the Middle East. The stakes are no less critical. Already, a thousand people have died as a consequence of military action in Croatia. But this is only a fraction of those who may die as fighting inexorably spreads in Yugoslavia or throughout southeastern Europe.
December 29, 1997 |
Like the brute from "Popeye," his nickname was Bluto. He was minutes away from getting whacked when he sat down at Mama Mia's restaurant with a briefcase, holding 750,000 German marks. The police would later hush things by saying that Bluto, Serbia's deputy police minister, was carrying only kiwis. (Nobody knows why). The door opened and a hit man with a Heckler machine gun stepped in. Bluto was halfway through a plate of spaghetti when seven bullets danced across his back, and another body bag was unzipped in this gloriously corrupt town.
December 19, 1991 |
Shoppers here wear dazed looks, picking and choosing among items on the grocery shelves as if searching for precious gems. When they get to the checkout counter, their baskets are nearly empty, but what is there is drastically more costly than it was last month. Some items have jumped by as much as 100 percent. That comes after a 250 percent increase earlier in the year. Although the daily battles in the breakaway republic of Croatia often seem remote, in ways big and small the bloody Yugoslav civil war is seeping into people's lives, stealing their sons for the distant battlefields, now taking the food from their tables and the clothes from their backs as the cost of living soars out of control.
May 4, 1986 |
In the wake of the U.S. aerial raid on Libya, the fear of terrorist reprisals against Americans abroad is causing some American movie companies to question plans to film in Europe. "I wouldn't like to be a movie company shooting right now in France, Germany or Italy," said Paul Lichtman. Lichtman and his partner, Arnold Fishman, happen to have a solution. Their company, Incovent Inc., is the exclusive North American representative for Jadran Films in Yugoslavia. Until now, there were two major advantages to filming in Yugoslavia: the large savings of U.S. production costs because of the cheap labor in that country and the nation's varied terrain, which enabled producers to use Yugoslavia as a substitute for Italy (Mussolini)