YUGOSLAV DAILY SURVEY
BELGRADE, 14 May 1999
C O N T E N T S:
FROM THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF YUGOSLAVIA
- YUGOSLAV FOREIGN MINISTER RECEIVES GREEK DELEGATION
- AMBASSADOR MILOSEVIC ON MOSCOW TELEVISION
- YUGOSLAV DELEGATION PREVENTED FROM ATTENDING PEACE CONFERENCE
- KOSOVO-METOHIJA PREMIER VISITS PROVINCIAL DISTRICT
- GREEK LABOR UNION DELEGATION VISITS BELGRADE
- GREEK JOURNALISTS VISIT SERBIAN COLLEAGUES
NATO AGGRESSION - INTERNATIONAL REACTIONS
- INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE REVIEWING YUGOSLAV SUIT
- CHINA WILL CONTINUE INVESTING EFFORTS FOR POLITICAL SOLUTION
- CHERNOMYRDIN, TALBOTT CONCLUDE TALKS IN MOSCOW
- CHERNOMYRDIN: CONFLICT COULD BE RESOLVED VERY SOON
- RUSSIA THREATENS TO CHANGE ATTITUDE IF NATO DOES NOT HALT AIR STRIKES
- SIMITIS ATTACKS U.S. POLICY
- SIMITIS AGAINST REDRAWING BORDERS IN THE BALKANS
- PAPANDREOU CONCEDES NATO FAILURE IN YUGOSLAVIA
- INDIAN PRIME MINISTER: NATO MUST HALT PERFIDIOUS ACTIONS AGAINST YUGOSLAVIA
- SRI LANKAN PARTY CONDEMNS NATO ATTACK ON CHINESE EMBASSY
- CONDEMNATION OF AGGRESSION, CALL FOR DEMONSTRATIONS
- BULGARIAN GENERAL SAYS NATO MUST BE PREPARED FOR GREAT LOSSES
- SRPSKA PRESIDENT: NATO AGGRESSION ON YUGOSLAVIA MUST STOP
- TIMES COMMENTATOR SAYS NATO AGGRESSION ON YUGOSLAVIA IS BARBARIC ACT
- REFUGEE CAMPS - TERRORIST STRONGHOLDS
- NATO BOMBS FOUND NEAR VENICE, ITALY
NATO AGGRESSION - HUMANITARIAN AID
- GREEK RAILWAYS' RELIEF AID ARRIVES IN YUGOSLAVIA
- RELIEF AID FROM GREECE'S PATRAI ARRIVES IN SERBIA'S VRANJE
FROM THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF YUGOSLAVIA
YUGOSLAV FOREIGN MINISTER RECEIVES GREEK DELEGATION
Yugoslav Foreign Minister Zivadin Jovanovic received on Thursday a
delegation of the Greek Democratic Social Movement, headed by its leader
Jovanovic informed the delegation about consequences of crimes committed
by the NATO war machinery and its militant order-issuing authorities,
thanking the friendly Greek people for their support for and solidarity
with Yugoslavia in its struggle against the aggression.
We highly value activities by the Democratic Social Movement and hold in
high esteem Tsovolas, he said adding that they both have clearly condemned
and called for an end to the aggression, killing of civilians and
Tsovolas, who is also leader of the movement's parliamentary faction, said
that the NATO aggression was an attack on the heart of Europe. He strongly
condemned the aggression, stressing that it was a part of a strategy of
destroying integration processes in Europe as well as its economic and
The aggression is directed against all peoples in the region that are
threatened by the destabilisation of economy and a humanitarian disaster,
The peoples of the Balkans and Europe must therefore reject NATO's new
dogma and offer full political and moral support to Yugoslavia, he said.
Also present was Greek ambassador in Belgrade Panayotis Vlassopoulos.
(Tanjug, Belgrade, May 14)
AMBASSADOR MILOSEVIC ON MOSCOW TELEVISION
Yugoslav Ambassador to Moscow
Borislav Milosevic said Thursday that before
the start of any talks on a way out of the situation as a result of the
barbarian aggression of NATO pact on Yugoslavia, it is first of all
necessary to stop the bombing of Yugoslav territory.
Talking in a program of Moscow TV channel three, Ambassador Milosevic gave
figures about the victims and the widespread devastation throughout
Yugoslavia, a a result of the barabarian NATO pact bombardment.
Asked to explain why the Serbian people are not giving up and continue to
fight courageously, the Yugoslav ambassador said that the people feel they
are right, they are defending their independence, their country, their
state and themselves.
"We simply have no other choice. We are destined to win. The spirit of the
people is very strong and it is unique today," Ambassador Milosevic said.
(Tanjug, Moscow, May 14)
YUGOSLAV DELEGATION PREVENTED FROM ATTENDING PEACE CONFERENCE
The Yugoslav League for Peace
Independence and Equality of Peoples
Thursday informed the domestic and foreign public that its delegation had
been prevented from attending the international conference "The Hague
Appeal for Peace" in the Hague May 11-13.
The delegation of the Yugoslav League for Peace was unable to attend the
biggest peace conference in the past few years because the Dutch Foreign
Ministry did not give the approval necessary for the issue of visas to the
The delegation of the Yugoslav League for Peace had intended to inform the
conference about NATO aggression on Yugoslavia and the grave consequences
of the brutal bombardments of civilians and civilian facilities, the
destruction of the Yugoslav economy and the entire infrastructure,
hospitals, cultural and historical monuments, and religious facilitis, as
well as about the efforts invested by the Yugoslav League for Peace for a
peaceful solution to the crisis.
The delegation informed the organizers of the international peace
conference that they were prevented from attending the meeting, and voiced
hope that the Hague conference would condemn NATO aggression on Yugoslavia
and the discriminatory act towards the Yugoslav League for Peace and lend
support to the resumption of the political process for a peaceful,
equitable and lasting solution, the Yugoslav League for Peace said.
(Tanjug, Belgrade, May 13)
KOSOVO-METOHIJA PREMIER VISITS PROVINCIAL DISTRICT
President of the Interim
Executive Council of Serbia's Kosovo-Metohija
province Zoran Andjelkovic visited Thursday Vitina, provincial district of
Pomoravlje, and discussed the current situation with local officials and
Andjelkovic noted that local authorities were functioning well, that
national defense activities were being carried out successfully and that
economic activities were regular in the district.
Terrorist activities in the district were never very strong and few
citizens had therefore left their homes, Andjelkovic said. Those that did
leave did so recently due to NATO bombings, he said. Andjelkovic announced
the creation of a body that would be in charge of laying the conditions for
the return of refugees, ranging from providing documents to repairing
damaged facilities and laying the conditions for normal peace time
While Andjelkovic and his delegation were in Vitina, the NATO aircraft
flew continuously over the area and several detonations were heard.
(Tanjug, Pristina, May 13)
GREEK LABOR UNION DELEGATION VISITS BELGRADE
The people of Serbia are
the moral winner and will win on the battlefield
too as they know what they are defending, while the NATO aggressors do not
know what they are attacking, President of the Serbian Labor Union
Federation Tomislav Banovic said welcoming a delegation of the Athens
Central Workers' Union. President of the Yugoslav Labor Union Federation
Radoslav Ilic told the visiting delegation that 1,200 civilians had been
killed and 5,000 were wounded in the NATO aggression on Yugoslavia up to
May 5, that 500,000 workers had been left jobless due to the destruction of
industrial facilities, and that about 2 million people more, their
families, had been left without livelihood.
Thanking the Greek delegation for braving NATO bombs to visit Serbia in
demonstration of friendship, President of the Belgrade Labor Unions
Bogoljub Mitrovic said that labor unions from Moscow, Kiev, Paris, Madrid,
Portugal, and some from Germany and Slovakia, had sent messages of support.
The 92-member Greek delegation comprises representatives of civil
aviation, railway, water supply and insurance unions and of the Athens city
council. They said that the Serb people's fight for freedom, sovereignty
and integrity was an example to all peoples, and that of the US-led NATO
now occupies Yugoslavia, other Balkan states may expect a similar fate.
The Greek delegation promised to appeal for the halting of the unjust and
criminal bombing of Yugoslavia through the Eruopean Confederation of Labor
Unions. (Tanjug, Belgrade, May 13)
GREEK JOURNALISTS VISIT SERBIAN COLLEAGUES
A delegation of the union
of editors of Athens dailies headed by its
President Nicos Kiaos and Secretary-General Manolis Matiudakis visited
Thursday the Serbian Journalists' Association (UNS).
The Greek journalists condemned the paranoic and barbarian NATO aggression
on Yugoslavia and expressed their wish to develop close cooperation with
their Yugoslav colleagues in the future.
Greek journalists and people cannot remain indifferent in the face of the
horrible NATO crimes and violations of international law, Kiaos said.
The goal of the NATO bombing of the Serbian TV premises was to prevent
telling people the truth that NATO fears will become known, Kiaos said.
UNS President Milorad Komrakov said the latest NATO attack early Thursday
on the Novi Sad TV demonstrated that the aggressors wanted to kill the
truth at any cost.
Komrakov urged his Greek colleagues to help make the boming of Serbian
media the theme of a conference of international journalism institutions,
and added that UNS would address a request to that effect to various
European and world journalists' organizations.
The Greek delegation visited the site of the bombed Serbian TV premises
and paid homage to its employees killed by NATO. (Tanjug, Belgrade, May 13)
NATO AGGRESSION - INTERNATIONAL REACTIONS
INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE REVIEWING YUGOSLAV SUIT
The International Court of
Justice in the Hague, following three-day
deliberations, on Thursday continued reviewing the Yugoslav government's
demand for the immediate stop to the NATO aggression and the bombing of a
After hearing both sides, the judges should shortly decide whether they
will adopt a temporary measure for a halt to the NATO bombings.
Estimates are that the final decision could be announced next week. The
judges will have at their disposal both the facts provided by the Yugoslav
government's official representatives, but also concrete proof about the
grave consequences of the bombing of the innocent population.
The Yugoslav government based its charges on the fact that NATO attacked a
country which was not an aggressor and that the NATO aggression was carried
out without agreement of the U.N. Security Council, which represents a
violation of the U.N. Charter and the 1948 Geneva Convention.
The defence councils of the sued countries in the Hague emulated the NATO
leaders by trying to justify the attacks with ever-changing reasons for the
"military campaign," as they call it, against Yugoslavia.
When it initially launched the bombings, NATO claimed that this was done
because a "peace agreemet" on Kosmet had allegedly not been signed,
although such a document did not even exist. Later, as the "military
action" lengthened into days and weeks, NATO justified the aggression by
the alleged concern for the ethnic Albanian population, although now it has
been proven that the bombing of Kosmet has contributed to the sufferring of
both the ethnic Albanians and of all members of the national communities
living in Serbia's southern province. The NATO air raids have caused an
unsurpassed humanitarian catastrophe in the entire Balkans and driven a
huge wave of refugees from Kosmet.
NATO "explained" its subsequent attacks with a wish to prevent "ethnic
cleansing" although the refugees are the direct consequence of the
bombings. In the past few days, the NATO leaders claimed that it is
necessary to continue the bombings to "enable the refugees to return home."
The defence lawyers of the sued NATO countries in the Hague have quoted
formal reasons for refuting the charges saying, among other things, that
the International Court is allegedly not authorized to make decisions in
The official Yugoslav government representatives presented over the past
three days the court in the Hague with substantiated and convincing proof
for the charges against the ten NATO countries.
Prominent lawyers and legal experts, members of the Yugoslav team, refuted
bofore the court all allegations by the defence.
The closing statement on Wednesday was made by lawyer Tjon Brounli, Dr.
Oliver Korten and advisor at the Yugoslav Foreign Ministry Rodoljub
Etinski, who is the main prosecutor. The Yugoslav government demanded from
the top U.N. legal body to pass a temporary measure and rule an immediate
stop to the NATO aggression to end the sufferring of the Yugoslav people.
Etinski told the court that NATO had committeed the criminal act of
genocide against a nation. The NATO members supported the separatist and
terrorist organizations which aim to divide Yugoslavia and change borders
Etinski said that the competent Yugoslav authorities in Kosmet had taken
measures which any sovereign country would have taken in the protection of
its territorial integrity. The armed actions were aimed solely against the
members of the terrorist so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).
The Yugoslav government brought charges and submitted demands for war
reparations against the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany,
Italy, Netherlands, Canada, Spain, Belgium and Portugal. In the aggression
on Yugoslavia, NATO used banned weapons against the civilian population,
primarily cluster bombs and uranium-loaded missiles.
The NATO aggressors destroyed material facilities of huge value, although
NATO claimed that allegedly the sole targets were "military installations."
The attacks on Yugoslavia caused an ecologic catastrophe in the entire
region with consequences which will be felt in the coming years. (Tanjug,
Brussels, May 13)
CHINA WILL CONTINUE INVESTING EFFORTS FOR POLITICAL SOLUTION
China has throughout urged
a political solution to the Kosovo and Metohija
crisis and will continue investing efforts for a political solution to be
found, Bejing said in its six-point position on Kosovo and Metohija
However, China holds the view that the necessary conditions must be
created for the success of a political process, the first and the basic
being that the U.S.-led NATO "immediately halt the bombardment of
Yugoslavia," a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
The other key condition in a quest of a political solution is, according
to Beijing, that "every Security Council resolution on Kosovo and Metohija
and every plan for a solution to be discussed in the U.N. Security Council
should have the approval of Yugoslavia," as a sovereign country.
Pressures for a resolution or a peace plan to be adopted while bombs are
being dropped on Yugoslavia would, under the terms imposed by the
aggressors, in fact mean the verification of the aggression, which, in
Beijing's view, is a "gross violation of the U.N. Charter and norms of
The Foreign Ministry spokesman said the U.S.-led NATO had launched the
attacks on Yugoslavia without authorization from the Security Council,
"which China condemned from the beginning."
He said that NATO had not only escalated the bombardments but had gone as
far as to stage a missile attack on the Chinese embassy in Belgrade and
kill Chinese citizens, thereby grossly violating China's sovereignty.
China demands a thorough investigation of the missile attack on its
embassy, the publishing of its findings, and a strict punishment of those
who had planned and carried out the attack.
"As a permanent Security Council member, China will not agree that plans
for a political solution be discusssed in the Council if the bombardments
continue," the Chinese spokesman stressed.
China again demanded that the U.S.-led NATO "immediately halt the
The Chinese position on the Kosovo and Metohija issue was presented by
Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji to visiting German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder
late Wednesday, during Schroeder's 16-hour working visit to Beijing.
Premier Zhu reiterated that Kosovo and Metohija was an "internal affair of
Yugoslavia" and could only be resolved by political means, and underscored
that China had throughout opposed the use of force by NATO.
China has been warning that the use of force is "very dangerous" and will
not resolve the crisis, but only further complicate it.
China urges all peace-loving countries and peoples, including Germany, as
Chancellor Schroder was told, "to invest positive efforts for the Kosovo
and Metohija crisis to be resolved as soon as possible." (Tanjug, Beijing,
CHERNOMYRDIN, TALBOTT CONCLUDE TALKS IN MOSCOW
Special Russian presidential
envoy Viktor Chernomyrdin said after
conferring with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott Thursday that
he believed it was possible to halt the NATO military operations in the
Balkans, despite the fact that the bombardments of Yugoslavia were being
Chernomyrdin said what was needed was for Belgrade and the NATO countries
to adjust views on the basic elements and principles of a political
resolution of the crisis, and set out that he would travel to that end to
Helsinki to meet with Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari.
The Finnish President will join the Balkans peace process and Russia
intends to continue the quest for ways to halt NATO aggression,
Chernomyrdin set out.
Chernomyrdin said that talks were under way and the war would be stopped.
According to the special Russian presidential envoy, it is now important
for the interested sides to reach an agreement in principle that problems
be resolved by political means, which he said would be followed by a "big
routine job," one which he specified would primarily involve the adjustment
of views on an international presence in Kosovo and Metohija.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Talbott said there were no fundamental
disagreements between Washington and Moscow.
He set out that a way had been found in his meeting with Chernomyrdin to
expand and deepen the accord between the two countries and narrow down and
better understand their disagreements.
Talbott Thursday again discussed the resolution of the Balkan crisis with
Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, but declined to comment the results
of the consultations afterwards.
Ivanov and Talbott had also met Wednesday morning. (Tanjug, Moscow, May 13)
CHERNOMYRDIN: CONFLICT COULD BE RESOLVED VERY SOON
Special Russian envoy Viktor
Chernomyrdin said in Moscow on Thursday after
meeting with French President Jacques Chirac that "the conflict in
Yugoslavia could be resolved at the political level very soon."
Speaking about his talks with Chirac, Chernomyrdin set out that the French
president had "understood a little better what is really happenning and
what should be done next."
He also said that he had insisted on the need for ending the bombing of
Chernomyrdin said that now it is necessary to formulate the principles of
a peaceful solution to the situation in Kosmet in order to coordinate this
with Belgrade and NATO.
Asked how the negotiating process could be affected if Russia's warning to
give up its mediation role if the bombing of Yugoslavia continues and if
Moscow's peace efforts and proposals are ignored, Chernomyrdin said: "It
will have no effect if we conduct an efficient and constructive dialogue
"If NATO refuses to take a reasonable approach to the resolution of this
problem, Moscow could leave the negotiating process," Chernomyrdin warned.
Immediately after meeting with Chirac, Chernomyrdin left for Helsinki to
confer with Finland's President Martti Ahtisaari.
Before his departure, Chernomyrdin said at the Moscow airport that
Ahtisaari would take part in the U.N. activities in the direction of a
peaceful solution to the situation in the Balkans.
"Now it is of the greatest importance to achieve that the peace process in
the Balkans is conducted under U.N. auspices," Chernomyrdin said. (Tanjug,
Moscow, May 13)
RUSSIA THREATENS TO CHANGE ATTITUDE IF NATO DOES NOT HALT AIR STRIKES
The Russian Foreign Ministry
said Thursday that U.S. Deputy Secretary of
State Strobe Talbott had been reminded in consultations earlier in the day
of President Boris Yeltsin's recent statement to the effect that Russia
will have to change significantly its attitude towards the situation in the
Balkans if NATO does not halt air strikes against Yugoslavia.
A statement issued by the Ministry said that the U.S. participants in
consultations had been warned that talks cannot be conducted just for the
sake of talks, especially in conditions of NATO's continual pressure and
aerial bombardments of the Yugoslav territory.
The two sides discussed in detail issues concerning international presence
in the Yugoslav republic of Serbia's Kosovo and Metohija province in order
to deal with civilian affairs, ensure safety of all as well as the return
of refugees, democratisation and economic recovery, the statement said.
It was agreed that agreement on these issues, if it was reached, must be
defined under a U.N. Security Council resolution, the statement said.
(Tanjug, Moscow, May 14)
SIMITIS ATTACKS U.S. POLICY
The existence of one superpower,
"with a logic of a ruler of the planet,
which launches interventions at its own initiative, is a factor of
international destabilization," Greek media Thursday quoted Greek Prime
Minister Costas Simitis as saying.
Addressing late Wednesday ruling PASOK supporters at the first rally in
the election campaign for the June elections for the European Parliament,
Simitis, for the first time since NATO aggression on Yugoslavia was
launched, openly and directly attacked the U.S. role and policy in the
Distancing himself from the continued NATO bombardments of Yugoslavia,
Simitis said he had spoken over the phone with British Prime Minister Tony
Blair in the evening and had told him that "this war must be ended."
The Greek press set out that it was the first time since NATO aggression
started on March 24 that a NATO member-state had openly and directly
distanced itself from the policy pursued by the Western Alliance.
The Athens newspaper Exsusia backed the Prime Minister's speech in an
article in which it said that Greece had remained consistent in its
position that bombs could not solve anything, not even the issue of
Serbia's southern prvince of Kosovo and Metohija.
The newspaper To Vima singled out Simitis's statement that Europe had
missed a chance to leave its mark on the developments in the Balkans, had
lost the initiative and practically become a victim of a crisis which
affected it above all. (Tanjug, Athens, May 13)
SIMITIS AGAINST REDRAWING BORDERS IN THE BALKANS
The war in Yugoslavia must
end as soon as possible, because in conditions
of war it is difficult to achieve any kind od solution, Greek Prime
Minister Kostas Simitis said in a meeting with young deputies from European
Simitis, explaining the Greek position about the unchangeability of
borders in the Balkans, said that all the countries of Southeastern Europe
where there are national minorities could be faced with the problem of
separatism, endangering existing borders, pludging the peoples of the
Balkans into total war and destabilizing the region.
He pointed out that Europe, in the case of the Yugoslav crisis, had
demonstrated its incapacity to resolve the problem of Kosovo and Metohija
and assessed that in the future European countries would have to focus more
on political unification, as economic unfication is not sufficient.
Greek Information Minister and government spokesman Dimitris Repas,
commenting the decision of Turkey to hand over its bases and ports to NATO
for attacks on Yugoslavia, said that Greece will not allow "in any case"
Turkish planes, in the service of NATO, to use its air space for air raids
against Yugoslavia. (Tanjug, Athens, May 14)
PAPANDREOU CONCEDES NATO FAILURE IN YUGOSLAVIA
Greek Foreign Minister Yorgos
Papandreou has conceded that NATO aggression
on Yugoslavia has totally failed, Greek media reported Thursday.
The daily Athinaiki said that Papandreou had told a news conference
Wednesday that, despite six weeks of bombardments, not a single political
goal set by NATO when launching "military intervention" in Yugoslavia had
Minister Papandreou pointed up the contradictory nature of the U.S. moves,
saying that, while the U.S. had signed the G-8 plan, it continued putting
pressure on Belgrade and intensifying the air assaults.
The Greek diplomacy continues backing with all its energy the efforts for
a political solution to be found for Kosovo and Metohija.
The Greek Foreign Minister announced that Greek officials would visit
Albania, Macedonia, the U.S. and China and resume permanent contacts with
leader of the ethnic Albanians in Kosovo an Metohija Ibrahim Rugova.
(Tanjug, Athens, May 13)
INDIAN PRIME MINISTER: NATO MUST HALT PERFIDIOUS ACTIONS
Indian Prime Minister A.B.
Vajpai has said that NATO must halt its
perfidious operations in Yugoslavia and that the alliance's actions are
nothing but the belittling of the United Nations.
The pro-government National Herald newspaper said that Vajpai had urged
Washington on the second day of his election campaign to stop terrorising
the world and threatening small, sovereign states.
He said the United States had rejected all international laws and was
terrorising Yugoslavia through NATO in an unprecedented manner.
Non-aligned countries must make a maximum effort to help solve the issue
of the Yugoslav republic of Serbia's Kosovo and Metohija province through
negotiations, as proposed by Russia, he said.
He also said that it was in the interests of peace in the world that NATO
immediately halts air strikes against Yugoslavia. (Tanjug, New Delhi, May 14)
SRI LANKAN PARTY CONDEMNS NATO ATTACK ON CHINESE EMBASSY
The Communist Party of Sri
Lanka (CPSL) has unreservedly condemned the
U.S.-led NATO for its brutal attack on the Embassy of the People's Republic
of China in Belgrade in a statement available Friday in Colombo, Xinhua
The attack, which killed three persons and injured more than 20 others,
constituted a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of China and the U.N.
charter, international law and the Geneva Convention, the statement said.
The party said, "There is reason to believe that this dastardly act was
not an accident but a premeditated act intended to intimidate the People's
China has been sticking to its just stand against the naked aggression of
the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia by the member states of NATO.
The party reiterated its condemnation of the continued bombardment of
Yugoslavia by the NATO forces.
The NATO aggression of Yugoslavia exposed the nature and context of the
world order imperialist powers seek to impose on the world, the statement
The United Nations should act swiftly to bring the deteriorating situation
under control and cause a peaceful settlement of all issues in dispute, the
party added. (Tanjug-Pool, Belgrade, May 14)
CONDEMNATION OF AGGRESSION, CALL FOR DEMONSTRATIONS
The Organization for Solidarity
of Peoples of Africa, Asia and Latin
America (OSPAAL) has called on all people of good will to condemn "the
terrible organized massacre of the people of Yugoslavia carried out by NATO
In a statement made public in Havana, conveyed to Tanjug, OSPAAL assessed
that those who call themselves the protectors of human rights, and whose
real goal is to rule the world, have "in only several days of genocidal
bombing" destroyed everything that has been built in Yugoslavia in the past
OSPAAL, at the end of the statement, strongly condemned the brutal
aggression of U.S. airplanes and of their NATO allies on the Chinese
Embassy in Belgrade, that killed three and wounded several people, and
completely destroyed the building of that diplomatic mission. (Tanjug,
Belgrade, May 14)
BULGARIAN GENERAL SAYS NATO MUST BE PREPARED FOR GREAT LOSSES
Director of Bulgaria's Strategic
Research Centre, general in reserve
Stoyan Andreyev, said Friday that NATO would lose at least 40,000 troops if
it decided to launch ground operations against Yugoslavia.
Gen. Andreyev said NATO would have to engage a 200,000-strong force in
such a military campaign.
He said air strikes against Yugoslavia had not led to results expected by
U.S. and NATO military strategists.
He also said that the NATO aggression on Yugoslavia was a blow to Europe's
unity and, finally, a blow to Russia. (Tanjug, Sofia, May 14)
SRPSKA PRESIDENT: NATO AGGRESSION ON YUGOSLAVIA MUST STOP
Republika Srpska President
Nikola Poplasen said Thursday that the NATO
aggression on sovereign Yugoslavia had caused great harm, not only to
civilians in Yugoslavia who are daily showered with tons of lethal
explosives, but also to all Balkan countries.
The development process has stopped and effects will be protracted. The
primary task of Europe and the entire humanity is therefore to halt the
aggresson and stop the architects of the new world order, Poplasen said
while on a visit to Srbinje.
The aggression on Yugoslavia, the devastation of its infrastructure and
industry and the killing of the Serb people there is considered by Srpska
as an attack on the entire Serb people, Poplasen said.
Srpska therefore has the national, historical, moral and humane duty to
help in every way it can so that ethical, humane and civilizational norms
and principles may prevail, he said.
Aggression, killing and devastation are not forms of democracy or the
norms of behavior at the end of the 20th century. The crime must be halted,
Poplasen said. (Tanjug, Srbinje, May 13)
TIMES COMMENTATOR SAYS NATO AGGRESSION ON YUGOSLAVIA
IS BARBARIC ACT
NATO's aggression on Yugoslavia
is not only an attack on a sovereigncountry but also a barbaric act against
the civilian population, John
Laughland, foreign affairs commentator of the Times of London, has said.
Laughland, who is on a visit to the Institute of History of the Serbian
Academy of Arts and Sciences in Belgrade, said Thursday that air strikes
against Yugoslavia had triggered a humanitarian disaster with unforeseeable
consequences on the country's economy. He said he had been shocked by the
fact that innocent civilians were victims of NATO's ruthless aggression and
that bridges, factories, plants and civilian facilities were destroyed.
He said he had been shocked by what he had seen in central Belgrade where
major buildings had been demolished, saying that he had seen for himself
the crimes committed by NATO in raids on the Usce business centre, Hotel
Jugoslavija and the Chinese embassy in Belgrade's district of Novi Beograd.
It is a mindless, anti-civilisational act that I cannot understand, he
said. (Tanjug, Belgrade, May 14)
REFUGEE CAMPS - TERRORIST STRONGHOLDS
Macedonian Interior Minister
Pavle Trajanov said Thursday that in refugee
camps in Macedonia are being organized terrorist groups by the terrorist
organization calling itself the "KLA", and that large quantities of weapons
have been uncovered around the country whose owners are Albanians.
According to the police, a part of the terrorists from Kosovo-Metohija,
after the break-up of the "KLA," arrived in a refugee wave in Macedonia
where they started again to recruit "volunteers" who are then sent to
centers of "basic training for killing," set up throughout that state.
Macedonian police is trying to neutalize the activity, but their efforts
are hampered by the fact that the camps are full of different humanitarian
workers many of whom are involved in suspicious affairs benefiting Albanian
terrorists. That is why, according to a decision of Macedonian Interior
Ministry, access to refugee camps is banned for all those who have not
obtained special permits from appropriate Interior Ministry bodies.
The police has uncovered new arms caches in a number of Macedonian
villages inhabited by ethnic Albanians, which is further evidence that the
territory is used for the consolidation of routed terrorist "KLA" groups.
(Tanjug, Skopje, May 14)
NATO BOMBS FOUND NEAR VENICE, ITALY
One hundred unexploded bombs,
believed to have been unloaded for some
reason by a NATO bomber from a base in Italy, were found at Chioggia near
Venice on Wednesday, according to a report on Thursday.
The NATO command in Vicenza has taken charge of the incident and promised
to investigate how it happened that the 100 bombs ended up in the sea off
the coast of Venice, ANSA news agency said.
This is the second time bombs have been found near Venice, after a NATO
plane recently unloaded into a lake six bombs that have not been salvaged
A few days ago, a net from a fishing boat snagged one of them, and its
explosion injured three fishermen.
At first it was believed that the bomb had been left over from World War
II, but then it transpired that it was of a more recent make, used by NATO
in its air strikes, now in their 52nd day, on civilian and military targets
in Yugoslavia. (Tanjug, Rome, May 14)
NATO AGGRESSION - HUMANITARIAN AID
GREEK RAILWAYS' RELIEF AID ARRIVES IN YUGOSLAVIA
Yugoslav Railways Director
Svetolik Kostadinovic has received a delegation
of the Greek Railway Workers' Union that has brought a shipment of aid in
medicine and medical supplies worth 100,000-German marks, a statement said
The Yugoslav Railways statement said that the Greek delegation is visiting
Yugoslavia as part of a bigger delegation of Greek trade unions, bringing
relief aid to Yugoslavia, which is being devastated in NATO's air strikes,
now in their 51st day.
Delegation head Nicholas Babasis said that the Greek railwaymen and people
are with the Yugoslav people.
Babasis said that this war is not being fought only against Yugoslavia,
but against the entire Balkans and Europe, and that Greece, too, might soon
find itself in a similar predicament. (Tanjug, Belgrade, May 13)
RELIEF AID FROM GREECE'S PATRAI ARRIVES IN SERBIA'S VRANJE
A shipment of 100 tonnes
of food, medicine and clothing arrived in the
Serbian Church eparchy in Vranje, in the southeast of the Yugoslav republic
of Serbia, from the Patrai Eparchy of the Greek Christian Orthodox Church.
The latest relief aid shipment, too, is meant for those in the Vranje, Nis
and Raska-Prizren eparchies rendered destitude by NATO's savage air strikes
on Yugoslavia, now in their 52nd day.
Since NATO's brutal aggression was launched on March 24, a number of Greek
Church eparchies and metropolitans have sent to the Vranje eparchy 650
tonnes of relief aid in food, medicine and clothing, for distribution in
the Vranje, Nis and Raska-Prizren eparchies. (Tanjug, Vranje, May 14)