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The Authorized Biography of Milan Panic

Mark Axelrod

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Chapter 10. The Call to Duty: Prime Minister and the Milošević Connection

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THE CALL TO DUTY

Prime Minister and the Miloševic´ Connection

Prelude to the Prime Ministership

April–May 1992

It would be very difficult to talk about Serbian politics at the end of the 20th century without talking about Yugoslavian politics at the beginning of it. Though the socio-political history of Yugoslavia was outlined in an earlier chapter, what transpired post-Tito that led up to the inevitable showdown between Milan Panić and Slobodan Milošević is worth discussing, and probably one of the best points of departure about Panić’s interest in and influence on Yugoslavian politics is to begin in January 1992, with the implementation of what was called the “Vance Plan” that was arranged as early as November 1991.

“The Vance plan was a result of a diplomatic mission by the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Cyrus Vance, aided by United States diplomat Herbert Okun, and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for Special Political Affairs Marrack Goulding, to SFR Yugoslavia aimed at a negotiated end of hostilities in Croatia in late 1991. The plan proposed a ceasefire, protection of civilians in specific areas designated as United Nations Protected Areas and United Nations (UN) peacekeepers in Croatia.The final agreement would later become known as the Vance plan, and as the Implementation Agreement, or the Sarajevo Agreement (Croatian: Sarajev­ski Sporazum). After four hours of negotiations, the agreement was signed...

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