AN INTERNATIONAL WEDDING // 12. 1995.
AMIRA SILVESTRI // CITIZEN
ORAL HISTORY - INTERVIEW
ORAL HISTORY - TRANSCRIPT

December 1995

Amira Silvestri
Citizen
AN INTERNATIONAL WEDDING

‘You see, my husband is Italian. He came here with the United Nations. He arrived in 1994 and he’s still here. And so when we would tell our friends and family about everything we had to go through, it all sounded so unbelievable. You know, when you talk about how you had to bathe by gas lamp, with cold water. And how during one dinner, to use one example, which was at the Majestic Restaurant, the electricity went out four times. How we planned for when our wedding would take place, because there was a gas shortage, and that among other things determined the date of our wedding. And it was unbelievable for those Italians, when they heard all these stories. But as I said, it all gave the event a special sort of charm. We got married at the Central District Registrar’s office. That’s where my official residence is. After that we had a modest, but pleasant lunch at the Majestic Restaurant and afterwards there was a small party at my parents’ apartment. We had some of that infamous ‘stolen’ electricity. Our neighbors, who were lucky enough to get ‘stolen’ electricity all the time, were kind enough to lend us some for that evening since I had just gotten married. And so we borrowed some of their electricity for a lamp and a TV, so we, uh, watched that videocassette which an Italian woman who was a journalist had filmed.’

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DECEMBER 1995


• Deployment of IFOR troops in Bosnia.
• William Perry: “American soldiers will enter Bosnia in tanks, but not as cowboys that will try to pick fights with the Bosnian Serb Army.”
• UN ends its mandate in Bosnia on January 31, 1995.


• Sarajevo: tram fired upon.


• Javier Solana becomes the new Secretary General of NATO.
• The French in close military cooperation with NATO.
• The French are against the Pale referendum.


• First landing of an American “Hercules” in Tuzla.
• Ivo Komsic, member of the BiH delegation in Dayton: “If the Croatian delegation had supported the Bosnian delegation, we would have been able to obtain Posavina without difficulty, because the Americans were on our side."


• London, December 7, 1995. Peace conference on Bosnia begins in London.
• In Bonn a conference begins on BiH. BiH delegation: Kresimir Zubak, president of the Federation of BiH, Rasim Delic, commander of the ARBiH, Muhamed Sacirbegovic, foreign minister.


• The Serbs dismantle their factories during their retreat.
• Appearance of the deadly “ebola” virus in Zaire.


• Before withdrawing, the Serbs burn houses in Grbavica.


• Release of the French pilots.
• The Dayton Peace Agreement signed in Paris.


• William Perry: “NATO is the biggest and angriest dog in town.”
• Start of NATO military operations, its largest since the end of the Second World War. Operation name: “Joint endeavor”.


• Former UNPROFOR commander, General Rupert Smith, receives as a gesture of gratitude a Bosnian passport and a painting.
• The Bosnian Serbs ask Michael Steiner for 1,000 coffins and 10,000 boxes for packing as they leave the portions of territory - which are graveyards - which now belong to the Federation.


• Sarajevo: a tram is hit.
• IFOR replaces UN troops.
• President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel, in Sarajevo.


• In Vitez, a New Zealander UN member dances a traditional war dance before their base.
• Clinton in a speech to Americans: “The U.S. is the world’s main creator of peace.”


• The Serbs exhume the dead to carry with them in their retreat.
• Midnight mass held at the Cathedral.


• Statements of French pilots whom were held by the Serbs after their plane crashed: “We were dying of hunger. Every three days they would throw us food.”

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