However, the American ambassador in Belgrade, Warren Zimmerman, flew to Sarajevo, and persuaded Alija Izetbegovic, a fundamentalist Islamic fanatic, to renege on the agreement, with promises of full US support. Izetbegovic stationed his green-berets (Muslim militia) snipers on the roofs and announced his unitary state and renunciation of the Lisbon protocol. The Serbs had no alternative but to defend themselves against the bloodbath which the Muslims and Croats had inflicted on them in living memory under German patronage. The Americans subsequently blocked every attempt by the Europeans to broker an agreement, to which the Serbs made concession after concession.
SIR ALFRED SHERMAN
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