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Source: International Peacekeeping New Issue No. 6 - February 1995

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Tuesday November 29, 1994: Rose defends role of UN Force in Bosnia:
UN Force Commander in Bosnia Lietenant-General Sir Michael Rose has defended the role of UNPROFOR and stressed that he has no intention of stepping down before his term expires in January. Rose also said that he had no plans to evacuate UNPROFOR troops from Bihac. He criticised comments made by US Senator Robert Dole and said that he should visit the UN-protected enclaves next time he is in Bosnia.

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Tuesday January 31, 1995, Rose notes UN successes in Bosnia:
The outgoing commander of UNPROFOR, General Michael Rose, has stated that the UN has reaped "enormous heroic achievements" in Bosnia, that could presage the end of the conflict. Rose said that the UN had succeeded in implementing the longest cease-fire so far in the former Yugoslavia, and programs to exclude Bosnian Serb heavy weaponry from the largest government-held zones had also worked. Moreover, Rose stressed that 2.7
million lives had been sustained through the work of UNPROFOR. Rose also claimed that because both Bosnian Serb and government forces were exhausted, there were grounds to be optimistic about a resolution to the conflict being found in the near future.

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Wednesday February 1, 1995: Rose optimistic about a Bosnian settlement:
The former UN force commander in Bosnia, Lieutenant-General Michael Rose, has outlined five strategic trends and influences that he claims are working towards the achievement of a peaceful resolution of the Bosnian conflict: the mobilisation of the international community in alleviating suffering and constructing a peace proposal; the realisation of the urgent need for economic and industrial reconstruction; social pressures resulting from exhaustion; the realisation by both Bosnian Serb and government forces that they have "reached their culminating point"; and the prospect of UN peacekeepers being withdrawn.
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Friday February 3, 1995: Rose comments on Bosnian arms embargo:
Lieutenant-General Michael Rose has warned that if the arms embargo was lifted in Bosnia then UNPROFOR would probably have to withdraw, "with catastrophic consequences for the people of that country". Without UNPROFOR, Rose stressed, "the enclaves would disappear, people would be dispersed and killed in a way that makes what has happened before probably seem rather small-scale".

British Defence Secretary Malcolm Rifkind agreed and added that if the embargo was lifted, "a dangerous security vacuum would appear". Rose emphasised that the conditions for peace had been created, and it was now up to the political representatives. He also expressed support for the role NATO had played in the conflict, which he described as being "indispensable".
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