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Serb general Ratko Mladic knew that there would not be any NATO airstrikes when, in July 1995, his troops launched the attack on the Srebrenica enclave - which was protected by Dutch UN soldiers - and killed over eight thousand people. Six weeks earlier, the Clinton administration had decided not to carry out any further airstrikes on Serb targets 'for the time being'. Washington made that decision 'in silence'. The Dutch government at that time was left completely in the dark.
On 28 May 1995 the Clinton administration decided to suspend the airstrikes against the Serbs. This decision was made after consultation by phone with the French President Chirac and the British Prime Minister Major. They urged the President of the United States to stop the airstrikes after hundreds of UN soldiers had been taken hostage. The Serbs had chained the blue helmets to strategic locations to avoid NATO bombings. The documentary will show, based on internal documents, that the Clinton administration made its decision 'in silence': ‘ …make no public statement to that effect’ was the advice the President was given the next day.