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World - Europe

NATO hopes peace deal deflates Milosevic's power

Milosevic
U.S. officials say that Milosevic's relevance will be diminished once an international peacekeeping force enters Kosovo

 ALSO:
NATO: Bombing of Yugoslavia could end by Sunday

Kosovo rebels wary of peace agreement

 

From State Department Correspondent Andrea Koppel

June 4, 1999
Web posted at: 8:11 p.m. EDT (0011 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Despite Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's acceptance of a peace plan for Kosovo, the United States and NATO said they will not count on him to serve as a guarantor of the peace agreement.

U.S. administration officials told CNN that once all Yugoslav and Serb forces leave Kosovo and an international peacekeeping force goes in, Milosevic's relevance will be significantly diminished.

"By any rational calculation, Milosevic comes out of this much, much weaker," said State Department spokesman James Rubin.

NATO and its allies have said they will not help Yugoslavia rebuild if Milosevic, now indicted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal on charges of crimes against humanity, remains in power.

"You have a dictator in charge, an indicted war criminal as your leader. And you cannot expect properly to be part of the reconstruction of the Balkans while that remains so," British Prime Minister Tony Blair said of the people of Serbia.

Yugoslav officials have estimated that NATO's bombing campaign on Yugoslavia has caused $100 billion in damages.

But NATO's strategy of isolating Milosevic could ultimately play to the Yugoslav president's strength, warned some who have studied Milosevic.

"I think that down the road -- two, three, four years -- you are going to see people in Serbia again rising up against Milosevic and he using some other stoked up violence to keep himself in power," said Milosevic biographer Louise Branson.


RELATED STORIES:
Chernomyrdin's peace efforts criticized by some Russians
June 3, 1999
Yugoslavia accepts peace deal on Kosovo
June 3, 1999
Peace talks with Milosevic to resume Thursday
June 2, 1999

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

Kosovo:
  • Kosova Crisis Center
  • Kosovo - from Albanian.com

Military:
  • 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


Resettlement Agencies Helping Kosovars in U.S.:
  • Church World Service
  • Episcopal Migration Ministries
  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
  • Iowa Department of Human Services
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Immigration and Refugee Services of America
  • Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • United States Catholic Conference

Relief:
  • World Relief
  • Doctors without borders
  • 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
  • UNHCR


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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