Paul Hacker, former U.S. Consul and later first Ambassador to Slovakia recalls events before and after the Slovak--Czech separation and Washington's take on it:
Paul Hacker (2010) Slovakia on the Road to Independence: An American Diplomat's Eyewitness Account.
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In an interview on the occasion of the recent publication of the book, Hacker, who is now retired and lives in Florida, said on Washington's former policy toward Czecho-Slovakia: "We had a very close relationship with President Vaclav Havel, and because he wanted to hold the country together, our policy reflected it. [...] But the [civil] war in Yugoslavia broke out in 1991, and it was suddenly clear that the most important thing was not to retain the federation at all costs, but that it was essential to respect people's free, democratic decisions."