7   The clash of governmentalities

Displacement and return in Bosnia- Herzegovina

Gearóid Ó Tuathail and Carl Dahlman

On 10 April 1992 Jose Maria Mendiluce, the UNHCR’s most senior official in the former Yugoslavia, left Belgrade for Sarajevo after a meeting with Serbian president, Slobodan Milosevic. Mendiluce was traveling through a region where the nexus of population, territory and security was in crisis and violently coming apart. A month previously, the Yugoslav Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina had conducted a referendum on independence that Bosnian Serbs largely boycotted yet which the majority endorsed. Four days earlier, European Union foreign ministers recognized the independence of Bosnia-Herzegovina, followed a day later by ...

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