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(E) SAVE THIS BBC deny their own words
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  11/25/2001 | Media Watch | Unrated
(E) SAVE THIS BBC deny their own words
Greetings! 
 
 
The BBC have denied their referred to "mostly soldiers" being the victims of 
the Vukovar hospital massacre. Their story has been changed to omit it. 
 
 
Unfortuantely for them, their original story is still on their website; they 
missed it. Here it is, with "mostly soldiers"and the comment about Serbs 
being the majority. 
 
 
Save this; the BBC may delete the story after I contact them 
 
 
Brian 
 
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SERVICES Daily E-mailNews TickerNews for PDAFeedbackHelpLow GraphicsSunday, 
18 November, 2001, 01:40 GMT Croat town marks its fall 
 
 People were ordered out by the Yugoslav army 
 
By the BBC's Alix Kroeger in Vukovar 
 
The Croatian town of Vukovar is marking the 10th anniversary of its fall to 
the Yugoslav national army. 
 
A candlelit vigil took place on Saturday night at Vukovar's hospital from 
where hundreds of patients, mostly soldiers, were taken away and killed in 
November, 1991. 
 
The town is now equally divided between Croats and Serbs, but the Croat Mayor 
has said there is no place for Serbs at the commemoration. 
 
When Vukovar fell to the Yugoslav national army it was a severe blow to 
Croatia's efforts to establish an independent state. 
 
The town had a majority Serb population. Its location on Croatia's eastern 
border made it a critical part of any plans to create a greater Serbia. 
 
Executions and expulsions 
 
Vukovar held out for three months under siege, before falling in November, 
1991. 
 
While hundreds of hospital patients, mostly soldiers, were executed, the rest 
of the remaining inhabitants were forced to march to the next 
Croat-controlled town. 
 
The town council has organised a programme of commemorations for Sunday, but 
the Mayor, Vladimir Stengl, has said Vukovar's Serbs have no place at the 
ceremonies. 
 
The European security organisation, the OSCE, says the security situation in 
Vukovar has improved and there are fewer attacks against returning refugees. 
 
But unemployment is high and government assistance for returns will stop at 
the end of this year. 
 
The Croatian Government has recently reactivated dormant lists of hundreds of 
people wanted for alleged war crimes. 
 
The OSCE says the lists are an extra deterrent to Serbs wanting to return, 
who could face arrest at the border, or any time afterwards. 
 
See also: 
 
 
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Sunday, 18 November, 2001, Croat town marks its fall 
By the BBC's Alix Kroeger in Vukovar 
 
The Croatian town of Vukovar is marking the 10th anniversary of its fall to 
the Yugoslav national army. 
 
A candlelit vigil took place on Saturday night at Vukovar's hospital from 
where hundreds of patients, mostly soldiers, were taken away and killed in 
November, 1991. 
 
The town is now equally divided between Croats and Serbs, but the Croat Mayor 
has said there is no place for Serbs at the commemoration. 
 
When Vukovar fell to the Yugoslav national army it was a severe blow to 
Croatia's efforts to establish an independent state. 
 
The town had a majority Serb population. Its location on Croatia's eastern 
border made it a critical part of any plans to create a greater Serbia. 
 
Executions and expulsions 
 
Vukovar held out for three months under siege, before falling in November, 
1991. 
 
While hundreds of hospital patients, mostly soldiers, were executed, the rest 
of the remaining inhabitants were forced to march to the next 
Croat-controlled town. 
 
The town council has organised a programme of commemorations for Sunday, but 
the Mayor, Vladimir Stengl, has said Vukovar's Serbs have no place at the 
ceremonies. 
 
The European security organisation, the OSCE, says the security situation in 
Vukovar has improved and there are fewer attacks against returning refugees. 
 
But unemployment is high and government assistance for returns will stop at 
the end of this year. The Croatian Government has recently reactivated 
dormant lists of hundreds of people wanted for alleged war crimes. The OSCE 
says the lists are an extra deterrent to Serbs wanting to return, who could 
face arrest at the border, or any time afterwards. 
 
<A 
HREF="http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/europe/newsid_1164000/1164407.stm 
 
">Call for arrests over Vukovar massacre</A> 
<A 
HREF="http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/from_our_own_correspondent/newsid 
 
_1413000/1413764.stm">Viewpoint: The West did not do enough</A> 
 
Brian Gallagher 
distributed by CROWN (Croatian World Net) - CroworldNet@aol.com 
 
  
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