Following the outcome of the London conference and the subsequent
NATO meeting, the British, French and American governments have
delivered a message to the Bosnian Serb leadership to ensure they
are fully aware of the consequences of their present behavior.
This message was delivered today by three senior military officials
of the three governments. It includes the following elements:
The aim remains to promote a negotiated political settlement,
taking into account the rights and interests of all the Bosnian parties.
There is no military solution to this conflict.
The attacks against the safe areas cannot be tolerated. There
must be no doubt that any steps which may become necessary in order to
reinforce or resupply UNPROFOR contingents, in particular those in
Gorazde and other safe areas, will be taken, including by means of the
A warning that if military action is undertaken against Gorazde,
substantial air action will be mounted. If necessary, these actions
will be at unprecedented levels.
NATO and UNPROFOR are taking the necessary steps to that end.
The Bosnian Serbs were told that the deaths of two further French
soldiers underlined the seriousness of this warning. They must realize
that necessary action will be taken in response to attacks elsewhere,
including in other safe areas.