Alex Constantine - March 16, 2008
The trial of Croatian General Ante Gotovina could prove embarrassing for Western intelligence services and regional governments, The Times daily said.
The paper says it will be quite embarrassing if General Gotovina reveals how much support the Croatian military and intelligence services received from the West, especially from the United States and the CIA.
The Times quotes Hrvoje Sarinic, former chief of staff to President Tudjman, who also acted as his secret envoy to Milosevic, as saying that CIA co-operated with General Gotovina and supplied intelligence-gathering equipment before Operation Storm.
The trial, which opens today in The Hague Tribunal, could also reveal details on murky deals between Milosevic and Tudjman, and why Milosevic did not mobilize the Yugoslav Army as the Krajina Serbs fled the Croat forces.
Ante Gotovina was commander of Operation Storm in August 1995, when between 150.000 and 200.000 Serbs were forced to flee. The Tribunal alleges that Gotovina knew that war crimes were being committed but failed to stop the atrocities or punish the perpetrators.