Series S-1819 - Legal Support

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Legal Support


  • 1989 - 1997 (Creation)

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S-1819 contains records concerning legal support provided to the United Nations Protection Force (UNPF) and the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR).

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Records include legal analyses covering topics such as: operation concepts for Safe Areas; issues arising from mission-related Security Council resolutions; border control along United Nations Protected Areas (UNPAs); confiscated weapons; international humanitarian law; sanctions; the transition of UNPF to the NATO-led Peace Implementation Force (IFOR). Also included are papers describing and analyzing Croatian laws related to: property ownership; the legal status of Serbs in former UNPAs; and the conscription of Croatian residents into the Croatian military.

Memoranda on policy and procedure deal with such topics as: UNPROFOR’s right to use of force; crossing points for convoys and vehicles; the policing of the zones of separation established by the Ceasefire Agreement of March 1994; the transport of non-UN persons on UN flights; and media coverage.

Human rights records include: reports of human rights violations occurring after the fall of Srebrenica in July 1995; summaries of meetings of the Human Rights Working Group; and analytical documents on the possibility of expanding the mission’s human rights-related activities.

There are also records pertaining to relations with the host countries of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY). These consist of: correspondence and aide memoire regarding property use, the payment of taxes, and the conduct of autopsies; memoranda and correspondence on aspects of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA); agreements between UNPF and the Croatian Ministry of Defence, and with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbian Krajina; memoranda on freedom of movement and procedures for border crossings; claims by various governments for damage to premises caused by UN personnel; papers outlining infrastructure rebuilding projects; and correspondence, papers, and summaries of meetings on the re-opening of the Belgrade-Zagreb highway.

Also included are records pertaining to the Status of Forces Agreements (SOFA), which consist of: draft agreements; memoranda and analyses on the SOFA; comments suggesting changes to the SOFA; and correspondence and summaries of meetings between mission representatives and government officials on issues related to the SOFA, such as freedom of movement, border crossing procedures, and payment of rent, taxes, and tolls to host countries.

Documents related to the mission’s use of premises in host countries include: lease agreements; Memoranda of Understanding; memoranda concerning provisions of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA); and analyses of laws and government ordinances on property.

Records related to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) include: arrest warrants issued by the ICTY; talking points for meetings between UNPROFOR officials and Judge Richard Goldstone, Prosecutor of the ICTY; reports of visits by the ICTY delegation to the mission areas and areas in the former Yugoslavia; reports relating to the exhumation of mass graves at Ovcara, near Vukovar, Croatia; and operational directives and guidelines on for the missions’ cooperation with the ICTY.

Documents concerning North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces include: discussion points for meetings between representatives of UNPF and NATO; analyses and memoranda on the legal status of NATO forces in Croatia; and comments on agreements between NATO and the United Nations.

Records concerning the Sarajevo Airport include: agreements concerning the use of the airport; analyses of political issues and legal considerations related to the use of the airport, particularly for humanitarian flights; talking points and summaries of meetings about the airport; and chronologies of events occurring at the airport, including attacks against UN flights and personnel.

Also included is a collection of the Force Commander’s policy directives, including directives on: media access, military public information, United Nations Protected Areas (UNPAs), crossing and movement policy, the Board of Inquiry, Rules of Engagement, humanitarian assistance, Military Police, and the destruction of ammunition. Administrative circulars cover topics such as: weapons possession; the establishment of a Board of Inquiry Secretariat; disciplinary measures; and rules and regulations regarding staff behavior and locally-recruited staff members.

Records also include: correspondence concerning tracing requests made for missing persons; appeals for humanitarian assistance; analyses of laws affecting refugees and summaries of meetings between UNPF officials and government officials to discuss refugee-related issues; statistics on prison visits made by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); statistics, tables and charts detailing mission casualties and their geographical distribution; reports and memoranda related to the enforcement of no-fly zones; reports detailing operations and mandate implementation in the Prevlaka peninsula in Croatia; papers analyzing and commenting on the Rules of Engagement and proposed changes and revisions; papers and summaries of meetings related to the International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia; papers describing the organization and functions of the Legal Office.

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  • English, Croatian, Serbian, Danish

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Related to: 1998/0246-0003: Record of the Legal Office

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