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EU ignored the wars in the former Yugoslavia

Your recent editorial (Jan 2) describes the European Union as the factor which, “more than anything”, makes a recurrence of a world war seem impossible.

True, but only for the west of our continent.

This year, Europe will mark the centenary of the start of World War I, which began with an assassination in Sarajevo.

Where was the Union (and its earlier incarnations) while conflict raged in Sarajevo, and the rest of South-East Europe, from 1990 till 2001, when up to 200,000 Croats, Muslims and Serbs were killed, where there was ethnic cleansing, and where up to 40,000 women were held in rape camps?

The European Union watched the Yugoslav wars on television for a decade.

Paul Hickey
Co Roscommon


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