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Yugoslavia

Volume 227: debated on Friday 2 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what confirmed information UNMO or AWACS has provided of the origin, route, destinations, manoeuvring, speed or height of three aircraft alleged to have dropped bombs on the village of Gladovici on 13 March; and whether the aircraft were tracked.

On 13 March at 1615 hours, GMT United Nations personnel observed one biplane and two monoplanes flying over the two villages of Gladovici and Osatica, 8 km south-east of Srebrenica. The biplanes and one monoplane circled Gladovici, dropped three bombs each, then flew over the Drina river towards Serbia. The other monoplane circled Osatica and dropped three bombs before flying towards Serbia. The aircraft were not tracked by AWACS.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the serial numbers of three aircraft alleged to have bombed Gladovici in Bosnia-Herzegovina on 13 March.

We have no information on the serial numbers of the aircraft observed bombing Gladovici on 13 March.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether United Kingdom personnel in the village of Gladovici in Bosnia-Herzegovina on 13 March were able to indicate the colours of three propeller-driven aircraft flying overhead at 1615 hours.

There were no United Kingdom personnel in Gladovici on 13 March. United Nations reports give no information on the origins of the aircraft observed bombing Gladovici.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether AWACS aircraft were operational and monitoring the no-fly zone over Bosnia-Herzegovina between 1600 hours and 1630 hours on 13 March.