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World - Europe

Solana stresses NATO resolve in Kosovo conflict

Javier Solana  

May 4, 1999
Web posted at: 4:25 p.m. EDT (2025 GMT)

BRUSSELS, Belgium (CNN) -- NATO's bombing campaign in Yugoslavia is a result of the alliance's adherence to the values on which it was formed 50 years ago, Secretary-General Javier Solana said Tuesday.

"Our core principles remain constant," Solana, speaking by satellite from Brussels, told CNN's World Report conference in Atlanta. "The founding members of NATO signed the North Atlantic Treaty to defend democracy, to defend liberty and to defend the rule of law.

"The Kosovo crisis has obliged us to take action to defend these values," he continued. "Our action in the Balkans is the latest chapter in the long history of standing up for these principles -- principles that without any doubt will ensure that Europe (enters) into the next millennium as a peaceful and stable place."

Serbia, Solana said, should be an integral part in the building of a "lasting peace" in Europe -- but it would have to take its place there without Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.

"The people of Serbia are not responsible for their current condition," he said. "The blame sits squarely on the shoulders of Milosevic and his regime."

1999 World Report Conference

Milosevic's ethnic cleansing policy is unacceptable to NATO and its allies, Solana said.

"We have tried months and months, years I would say. to try to find a political solution to this crisis," he said. "And only when all the political efforts had failed, because Milosevic did not accept any, did we resort ... to the use of force."

Solana also acknowledged the importance of Russia in the quest for a solution to the Kosovo crisis, saying that the Serbian ally would be "central" to the efforts.

But, he said, the final solution rests with Milosevic.

"Milosevic must stop the killings, must get his troops out of Kosovo, must let an international force in to ... guarantee that refugees who have been expelled from their houses, expelled from their country, can safely return," he said.

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Extensive list of Kosovo-related sites:
  • Kosovo

  • Federal Republic of Yugoslavia official site
      • Kesovo and Metohija facts
  • Serbia Ministry of Information
  • Serbia Now! News

  • Kosova Crisis Center
  • Kosovo - from

  • F-117s arrive at Aviano to support possible NATO operations
  • NATO official site
  • BosniaLINK - U.S. Dept. of Defense
  • U.S. Navy images from Operation Allied Force
  • U.K. Ministry of Defence - Kosovo news
  • U.K. Royal Air Force - Kosovo news
  • Jane's Defence - Kosovo Crisis

  • U.S. Agency for International Development (Kosovo aid)
  • Doctors of the World
  • InterAction
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Kosovo Humanitarian Disaster Forces Hundreds of Thousands from their Homes
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Kosovo Relief
  • ReliefWeb: Home page
  • The Jewish Agency for Israel
  • Mercy International

  • Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
  • Independent Yugoslav radio stations B92
  • Institute for War and Peace Reporting
  • United States Information Agency - Kosovo Crisis

  • Expanded list of related sites on Kosovo
  • 1997 view of Kosovo from space - Eurimage
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