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Serbia in the Yugoslav Wars

  • Slovenia and Croatia Declare Independence from Yugoslavia

    Slovenia and Croatia Declare Independence from Yugoslavia
    Both Slovenia and Croatia declare their independence on this day, and both are recognized in May of 1992. However, because of the amount of Serbs in the different countries, the Serbian-controlled Yugoslavia, under Slobodan Milošević and his ideal of a Greater Serbia, has more reason to hold onto Croatia, making their true independence more difficult to achieve. *photo at left, Independence day in Slovenia*
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    Ten Day War with Croatia

    In direct response to Slovenia declaring independence, the Yugoslav People's Army mobilized it's troops to prepare to march towards Slovenia's border with Italy. In an unexpected show of resistance, the JNA was forced to surrender in one of the first battles of the war. This set the tone for the war, and though there were skirmishes during the next few days, a ceasefire was ordered on the 7th and Slovenia was able to brak away reletively easily as Croatia was the new focus for the Serbs.
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    Initial JNA Operations in Croatia

    Soon after the relatively peaceful Ten Day War, the Croatian's began to create a seperate army in order to fight for their independence. Heavy battling begins the Battle for Dalmatia in July of 1991 and ends, for a short time with a withdrawl of the JNA from Croatia in October of 1992 when Serbia's focus shifts to Bosnia.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Declare Independence

    Bosnia and Herzegovina Declare Independence
    When Bosnia declares independence from Yugoslavia, the Serbian focus shifts to the Bosnian front. This and many UN sanctions for ceasefire cause a retreat from Croatia into Bosnia.
  • Serbia and Motenegro Declared Sole Successor to the Socialist Federal Republic of Ygoslavia

    Serbia and Motenegro Declared Sole Successor to the Socialist Federal Republic of Ygoslavia
    Due to the fall of SFR Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro declared themsleves, as the FR Yugoslavia, the sole successor. It remained unrecognized during the Yugolsav Wars.
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    Bosnian War

    The main strategy during this war was to link all of the Serbian inhabitaed parts of Bosnia together in order to gain control over them and create a seperate Serbian state, from which all non-Serbs would be removed. After large scale atrocities on the part of the Bosnian Serb Army, Milošević was forced to withdraw his support of the Bosnian Serbs and advocate a peacefull end to the war. In 1995, as President of Serbia, Milošević represented Bosnian Serbs during the Dayton Peace agreement.
  • Bosnia is Internationally recognized

    Bosnia is Internationally recognized
    When Milošević realised that Bosnia and Herzegovina were soon to be internationally recognized, he moved out all Serbian and Montenegran JNA troops out of Bosnia and back into Serbia and Montenegro, and moved all Bosnian Serbs into the area, thus creating the Bosnian Serb Army. This was to aviod accusations of agression on the part of Serbia and Montenegro.