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Yugoslavia

Volume 229: debated on Thursday 22 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what report he has received of an incident on Sunday 10 July involving British forces serving in Bosnia-Herzegovina being stopped by middle eastern mujaheddin; how many mujaheddin were involved; what action British forces took; and if he will make a statement.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to his answer of 16 July, Official Report, column 720, if he will detail the media reports he is aware of which indicate the presence of (a) Serbian regular forces and (b) Croatian regular forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina;(2) what reports he has received from British forces serving in Bosnia-Herzegovina of the sighting of

(a) Serbian regular forces and (b) Croatian regular forces operating within the terrority of Bosnia-Herzegovina; on how many occasions there have been sightings of (i) Serbian regular forces and (ii) Croatian regular forces; and what estimates of the size of each of these forces have been made;

(3) what reports he has received from British forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina of atrocities having been carried out by Muslim forces within the territory of Bosnia.-Herzegovina; and what representations have been made to the Bosnian presidency.

There have been a wide variety of media reports. Information gathered by British and other UNPROFOR troops about force composition is passed on to the United Nations. The United Nations Secretary General forwards situation updates to the Security Council. Example copies are available in the House of Commons Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 16 July, Official Report, column 720, what information he has received from UNPROFOR on the presence of (a) Serbian regular forces and (b) Croatian regular forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina; if he will list what those reports have claimed; and if he will make a statement.

My noble Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Defence will write to the hon. Member.