MEDAK - CITLUK (RUSHES TAPE 2): UN DEPLOYMENT ON CF; INTERVIEWS WITH DISPLACED PEOPLE, GRACAC [Allocated Title]
UNTV reports on the actions of CANBAT and CIVPOL after UNPROFOR had successfully crossed Croatian lines to set up a buffer between Croatian and Serbian forces in the Medak pocket. Includes interviews with civilians caught up in the recent Croatian offensive.
Shot of stationary UN APC. Two soldiers stand in front of it. One soldier climbs into a dug-in APC, a stove heats water behind the APC. APC reverses from the muddy embankment. Two soldiers sit on top of the APC beneath a UN flag.
A UN bulldozer waits by the roadside. An APC waits beside soldiers’ kit and rations that have been laid out on the ground nearby. UN flag flies from the top of a wooden pole.
Interview with three CANBAT soldiers. They explain that they arrived 48 hours ago and that their task was to observe the area and take up a position on the earth embankment fifty metres from where they had first come in between the opposing sides. They explain that in process of replacing the Serb lines, they came under direct and indirect fire from the Croatian lines and, following the UNPROFOR rules of engagement, they did return fire but with small arms only. The soldiers say that there were no casualties on their side, that the Serbs have a couple of casualties, and they have no knowledge of any Croatian casualties.
Interview with an old man, wearing a hat and a coat with a fur collar. He describes the recent fighting and the shortages of goods . At one point he talks about living under sustained grenade bombardment for three days and three nights. Possibly talks about what happened to people he knew (? No English subtitles). Shot of a sign advertising the ‘Motel Licki Krovoni’. Panning shots of the hamlet before returning to the Motel sign. A road sign to Plitvice and to Zagreb. Shot of a block of flats, raised above the ground.
Interview with CIVPOL officer Aldridge. She describes the role of CIVPOL in this operation. She says that since the 14th of September, four police monitors, all with years of investigative experience in their own countries, have been on standby. They have been working with a CANBAT sweep team who entered the villages of Donjiselo, Čitluk and Divoselo as soon as was possible. They were eventually able to get in two days ago to document and record everything that they found, accompanied by a doctor and a photographer. They are still doing that task and have worked very closely with CANBAT as the first on the scene. The actions of CANBAT and CIVPOL have been well coordinated and each has backed the other up every step of the way.
Interview with a young woman who describes someone who is missing. Interview with an older woman who describes the Serbian and the Croatian actions over the last three days. Interview with another woman who also talks about her recent experiences. (? All without English subtitles).
Shot of children behind barbed wire.