10 Q. General, your statement details attacks by Naser Oric,
11 particularly the Orthodox Christmas Eve attack. Did there come a time
12 when you had a conversation with Naser Oric with which -- during which you
13 confronted him with respect to what his policy was or what he did respect
14 to the prisoners that he obtained during his operations?
15 A. I met Naser Oric much later, in March, when I intervened directly
16 on the ground. The actions that you are referring to were one of the
17 reasons for the deterioration of the situation in the area, especially in
18 the month of January.
19 Naser Oric engaged in attacks during Orthodox holidays and
20 destroyed villages, massacring all the inhabitants. This created a degree
21 of hatred that was quite extraordinary in the region, and this prompted
22 the region of Bratunac in particular - that is the entire Serb population
23 - to rebel against the very idea that through humanitarian aid one might
24 help the population that was present there.
Q. If I could ask you, what if anything did Mr. Oric himself say to
3 you with respect to what he had been doing with prisoners during this time
5 A. I think you will find this in other testimony, not just mine.
6 Naser Oric was a warlord who reigned by terror in his area and over the
7 population itself. I think that he realised that those were the rules of
8 this horrific war, that he could not allow himself to take prisoners.
9 According to my recollection, he didn't even look for an excuse. It was
10 simply a statement: One can't be bothered with prisoners.
11 Q. And you understood him to mean what precisely when he said that?
12 A. It -- I wasn't surprised when the Serbs took me to a village to
13 show me the evacuation of the bodies of the inhabitants that had been
14 thrown into a hole, a village close to Bratunac. And this made me
15 understand the degree to which this infernal situation of blood and
16 vengeance -- I think Subotic spoke very well about this blood and
17 vengeance, the degree to which this led to a situation when I personally
18 feared that the worst would happen if the Serbs of Bosnia managed to enter
19 the enclaves and Srebrenica.