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Witness to War Crimes (ePub)

The Memoirs of a Peacekeeper in Bosnia

Military P&S History > True Crime

By Col Colm Doyle
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 3.2 MB (.epub)
Pages: 273
ISBN: 9781526736123
Published: 1st June 2018


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The early 1990s saw Europe’s first conflict for almost 40 years when bitter fighting broke out in the former Yugoslav republic. Colonel Colm Doyle of the Irish Army found himself in the midst of this appalling civil war when in October 1991 he became first a European Community Monitor and almost immediately Head of the Monitor Mission in besieged Sarajevo. After six months he was appointed Personal Representative to Lord Carrington, Chairman of the Peace Conference on Yugoslavia.

In this overdue memoir, he describes his role mediating, negotiating and persuading political and military leaders of all sides to halt the seemingly inexorable path to all-out war. He arranged ceasefires, visited prisoner-of-war camps, extricated election monitors and organised hostage releases. His experiences made him a key witness at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague at the trials of Milosevic, Mladic and Karadzic.

With his unprecedented access, Doyle’s personal account can claim to be one of the most significant works on the brutal Bosnian War.

Witness to War Crimes: The Memoirs of a Peacekeeper in Bosnia presents an excellent addition to the literature on the 1992–1995 War in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Owing to Colm Doyle’s unique position and areas of expertise, the book offers an unprecedented perspective on the political and military developments that took place in BiH and the rest of the collapsing Yugoslav state between October 1991 and October 1992. His account of events is complemented by his clear understanding of the political, historical and cultural context in which he was working, as well as his perceptive analysis of events and individuals he encountered during his time in BiH.

European History Quarterly

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About Col Colm Doyle

During Colonel Colm Doyle’s career with the Irish Defence Forces, he served with the United Nations in Cyprus, Lebanon and Syria. He was Chief of Staff of the Military Division at the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York; Director of Public Relations for the Defence Forces and Commandant of both the UN Training School, Ireland and the Military College.

His experiences with the EU in Bosnia are the subject of this book.

He holds a Master’s Degree in International Studies from Limerick University. Married he has four adult children.

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