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U.S. rejects Yugo position on peacekeepers

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Clinton has ordered $20 million in emergency funds to help relocate ethnic Albanian refugees to the United States

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April 30, 1999
Web posted at: 1:47 p.m. EDT (1747 GMT)


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Pentagon: War in 'domination phase'

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The United States on Friday rejected Yugoslavia's proposal that any U.N.-backed peacekeepers in Kosovo must be unarmed, saying the plan falls short of NATO conditions for ending its air war against Yugoslavia.

A seven-point peace plan, which Yugoslav officials discussed with visiting Russian envoy Viktor Chernomyrdin, calls for an unarmed "international presence" in Kosovo. But such a proposal does not appear to change in any significant way what the Yugoslav government has previously said it would accept.

"That clearly falls short of NATO's conditions," U.S. National Security Council spokesman David Leavy said. NATO has insisted that any peacekeeping force in Kosovo be armed and have NATO troops at its core.

In related developments:

  • Adding a stop to his European trip next week, President Clinton will fly to NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, before heading on to Germany. The president will leave Washington Tuesday evening, arriving on Wednesday in Brussels, where NATO leaders will brief him on the air war.

    The president will travel to Germany later Wednesday to see U.S. forces taking part in humanitarian airlifts for Kosovo refugees, and to meet with refugees hosted by the German government. He will spend the night in Frankfurt and return to Washington Thursday.

  • Clinton has ordered $20 million in existing State Department emergency funds to be redirected to help relocate 20,000 ethnic Albanian refugees to the United States.

  • Gen. Henry Shelton, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the bombing campaign has entered the "domination phase."

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    Low-flying Apaches are more vulnerable to ground-based fire  

    "NATO is conducting air operations over Yugoslavia both day and night, virtually around the clock," he told reporters at a Pentagon briefing. "Our military strikes have taken a heavy toll on (Yugoslavian President Slobodan) Milosevic's forces and his security infrastructure."

  • By NATO's estimate, the Serbs have lost no more than 15 percent of their tanks, although the efficiency of attacks on armor is likely to improve once the Army puts its Apache attack helicopters into action.

    Now based in Albania, the relatively low-flying Apaches will be vulnerable to small arms and shoulder-fired weapons on the ground. "That's why we take maximum advantage of the night and of the terrain," said Army Col. Mike Hackerson.

    That means pilots will fly at night and close to the ground, popping up from behind hills to hit their targets. Such a strategy "denies the (enemy) gunner ... the ability to engage us," Hackerson said at a Pentagon briefing on Apache operations.

    Correspondents Jamie McIntyre , John King, Chris Black and Rusty Dornin contributed to this report.



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    RELATED SITES:
    Extensive list of Kosovo-related sites:
      • Kosovo

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

    Kosovo:
      • Kosova Crisis Center
      • Kosova Liberation Peace Movement
      • Kosovo - from Albanian.com

    Military:
      • 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


    Relief:
      • 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


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


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