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UNITED NATIONS (UN) actions in the days ahead—perhaps eventually leaving one troubled area while entering another—mean changes for US military medicine.
Croatia, in what was Yugoslavia, is where the UN's long-term peacekeeping future is in doubt.
The Croatian government originally asked UN peacekeepers to leave by June 30. Such a pullout could have included US Air Force physicians and other medical personnel who are the latest Americans to be operating the UN hospital at Zagreb (since February 15).
Now, the Croatian government is working on a compromise with the UN that—for the time being—would allow a continued peacekeeper presence, although with fewer than half the present 12000 UN troops (including some US military members among the North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] participants). What this will mean for the UN hospital at Zagreb remains to be seen.
On the other hand, the UN is in the process of taking over the
Gunby P. UN's Ins, Outs Affect US Military Medicine. JAMA. 1995;273(13):980. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520370018004