Oct 16, 2011 10:53 Moscow Time
NATO peacekeepers in Kosovo. Photo: EPA
NATO has given Serbs time until Monday to remove roadblocks on the border between Kosovo and Serbia, as tensions in the area continue to grow after violence broke up in the region last month, when the Kosovo Albanians placed their customs officers and police troops at the Jarinje and Brnjak checkpoints.
In late July Kosovo made an attempt to seize the checkpoints, which resulted in clashes between the police and local Serbs. (RIAN)
Reason for war
Interview with Borislav Korkodelovic, Serbian journalist based in Belgrade.
American Ambassador Walker who is now an honorary citizen of Pristina, the capital of so-called Independent Kosovo, claimed that the Serbian security forces killed during the massacre about 30 to 40 civilians in Racak, but in fact those civilians according to the Serbian police were guerillas or rebels belonging to the Albanian so-called Liberation Army and they were just in civilian clothes. Without waiting for the final results of the international commission which was headed by Finnish pathologist Helena Ranta, without waiting for that, Mr. Walker issued a statement that such things can happen all over Kosovo. So, that was the direct cause, but good diplomatic exchange was refused by the access of some elements of the plan which was arranged during the Rambouillet Conference which was going on from the end of 1998 to February 1999. So, that was because Serbia could not accept some of the conditions like allowing NATO troops to enter Kosovo ‑ that was another reason for the attack. Also the Western media was speaking about plans to expel as many as possible of ethnic Albanians from Province and particularly the German government and its minister of defense at that time claimed that concentration camps were established at the football stadium in Pristina, that columns of Albanians – old people, women and kinds ‑ had been touring towards the borders of Macedonia, which later on happened but when the bombardments started, which was lasting 78 days ‑ up to the middle of June 1999.
Do I get you right that the cases you have mentioned have been more to justify the NATO aggression against Yugoslavia?
Yes, you are right and also it is because I think more or less during the human history that such incidents were used for wars between the countries. I would just like to draw your attention to the latest such incidents – so-called “imminent massacre” which was linked to the situation in Libya, “imminent massacre” in Benghazi. So, that was in fact the claim which has its roots in some emotional comments by Colonel Gaddafi; his statements were used as a pretext for the voting in the Security Council of the United Nations and that threat to Benghazi had never materialized and it is still a last thing. So, nobody was massacred in that particular case in Benghazi at that moment, but tens of thousands of people had been killed later on and still lots of people are losing their life in Libya.