The War in Bosnia
Timeline of the War in Bosnia

Timeline of the Bosnian Conflict (see original)


31/1/1991    Yugoslav federal army releases a document committing the Yugoslav army to the defense of communism in Yugoslavia

16/3/1991   Slobodan Milosevic declared Yugoslavia dead as a nation and ordered special forces of Serbia onto the streets to keep the peace.

25/6/1991   Croatia and Slovenia declare independence.

2/7/1991   The Yugoslav army chief invades Slovenia from bases in Croatia.

8/7/1991     Yugoslav federal government accepts the EEC Brioni agreement, which ends the conflict in Slovenia.

19/7/1991   Serbian irregulars attack Vinkovci and Vukovar

7/8/1991   Cease fire begins.

24/8/1991   Serbs attack Vukovar in eastern Croatia

8/9/1991 Macedonia votes for independence in referendum

25/9/1991   The UN imposes an arms embargo on all factions involved in the Yugoslav civil war.

1/10/1991   Yugoslav forces attack on Dubrovnik.

7/10/1991   Yugoslav air force attacks Zagreb and bomb the Presidential palace.

19/11/1991   Vukovar falls, Serbian attention now turns to Osijek and Vinkovci.

27/11/1991 The UN passed resolution 721, the first step to deploying observers and providing an international peacekeeping forces later.


7/1/1992 Yugoslav Mig21 shoots down EC helicopter north of Zagreb, all five UN observers aboard are killed.

29/2/1992   Referendum on independence for Bosnia Herzegovina begins, lasts two days.

1/3/1992   First barricades go up in Sarajevo and there is a shooting at a Serb wedding in Sarajevo.

27/3/1992   Serbs in Bosnia proclaim their own constitution.

3/4/1992   Fighting in northern Bosnia, Serb irregulars attack Bijeljina. Barricades are erected around Banja Luka.

6/4/1992   Serbs fire on peace demonstrators in Sarajevo. Suada Dilberovic and Olga Sucic become the first two victims of the war in Bosnia.

6/4/1992   EC ministers decide to recognize Bosnia Herzegovina as an independent state.

8/4/1992   Yugoslav air force launches attacks throughout Bosnia.

30/4/1992   Bridges connecting Bosnia and Croatia at Brcko and Bosanski Samac are destroyed.

2/5/1992   An EC peace monitor is killed near Mostar. For more on the peacekeeping efforts, click here.

11/5/1992   EC withdraws ambassadors from Belgrade in protest of the continuing siege of Sarajevo.

27/5/1992   Sarajevo bread queue mortared by Serbs with heavy loss of life, harrowing TV pictures increase pressure for sanctions against Serbia.

29/5/1992   Serb forces resume bombardment of Dubrovnik.

30/5/1992   The UN imposes a comprehensive arms embargo on Serbia and Montenegro.

8/6/1992   UN Security Council votes to reopen Sarajevo airport for relief flights.

20/6/1992   Bosnia Herzegovina declares state of war and begins general mobilization.

3/7/1992 Sarajevo airlift begins. UNHCR confirms three million people forced from their homes in the first year of Yugoslav fighting.

7/10/1992 The UN security council voted unanimously on providing evidence for war trials during the Yugoslavian civil wars.


Article: Peter Maas: Sarajevo: Terror in the Crosshairs

23/2/1993   UN votes to setup war crimes tribunal for Yugoslavia to try 'persons responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law in the territory of the former Yugoslavia since 1991.'

30/7/1993   Bosnian factions agree to a cease fire after negotiations in Brussels.

31/5/1993   UN Security Council authorized aircraft to enforce the no-fly zone over Bosnia-Herzegovina, although they would not protect UN safe Havens and UN troops on the ground, and only attack ground targets in self-defense.


05/2/1994   Bosnia Serb shelling of Sarajevo marketplace in Sarajevo kills 67. A survivor's story and map of the Seize area.

9/2/1994   The North Atlantic Council decided that heavy weapons not removed from a 20 mile exclusion zone around Sarajevo or turned over to UN control would be subject to NATO air attacks.

28/2/1994   NATO downs four Serbian planes in Bosnian no-fly zone.

11/4/1994   Serb position bombed by NATO aircraft (US F/A-18As) for second day running as the Serb forces advanced on the Muslim safe haven of Gorazde.

26/4/1994   Serb forces complied with a NATO deadline to move their heavy weapons away from Gorazde. A UN convoy reached Gorazde after being blocked by the Serbs.

26/7/1994   Bosnian Serbs demand closure of civil and commercial traffic route to Sarajevo by this date; UN complies closing the only route into Sarajevo for civilian and commercial traffic, leaving the city dependent on relief aid.

19/11/1994   Serb warplanes bomb the Muslim-controlled Bihac enclave for the second time; UN deliberates on a response and grants NATO powers to attack Serb facilities in Croatia.

25/11/1994    Bosnian Serb forces take control of a quarter of the UN Safe Haven around Bihac by force.

7/12/1994   Up to half the 1,200 UN troops in Bihac are withdrawn as a result of the Serb blockade on food and fuel to the peacekeepers in Bihac.


15/3/1995   NATO studies plans for an armed force to evacuate UN troops from Bosnia-Herzegovina.

28/5/1995   An emergency meeting of Parliament was also called after 33 British soldiers were taken as hostages by the Serbs in Gorazde.

31/5/1995   Serbs attack Gorazde, forcing 350 British and 100 Ukrainian peacekeeper to take cover as Serb and Bosnian Government troops battle for the city.

8/6/1995   Britain and France decide to quit Bosnia unless the Serbs allow unimpeded movement for peacekeepers and UN convoys to UN safe areas.

26/7/1995   The UN relinquishes authority for the use of air power in Bosnia-Herzegovina to the UN peacekeepers command, General Bernard Janvier.

25/8/1995 Attack on the market hall in Sarajevo. 43 killed and many wounded.

14/12/1995   Dayton peace accord is signed by Bosnian factions in Paris, France. The text of the accords is available at: The Dayton Peace Accords

18/12/1995   UNPROFOR ends its mission, IFOR - Implementation Force - takes over.