UN Security Council on the Civil War in Yugoslavia
In 1990, the Yugoslav Communist Party divided into several separate parties, one for each of the six Yugoslav Republics. Tensions among the ethnic groups of Yugoslavia, divided among the republics, led to an outbreak of a civil war in 1991. In order to prevent a general escalation of the violence throughout the Balkan region, the United Nations Security Council committed its resources to limiting the violence both within the country and outside of it. This letter was part of the Security Council's firm commitment to remaining in Yugoslavia until all of the military forces inside the country agreed to the ceasefire, which the UN proposed months earlier.
U.N. Security Council Secretary-General to U.N. Security Council President, 24 December 1991, Cold War International History Project, Virtual Archive, CWIHP (accessed May 14, 2008).