16 years ago the “collective defense organisation” launched an illegal war against Yugoslavia
The article originally appeared at Tanjug. Translated for RI by Mihajlo Doknic
16 years ago, without a UN Security Resolution, NATO started an illegal attack on Yugoslavia. Today commemorative ceremonies will take place all over the country. Tanjug presents the figures that show the massive destruction of the country and loss of life.
On the 24th of March in 1999, without a Security Council Resolution, NATO started the military attack on Yugoslavia [Serbia and Montenegro].
Yugoslavia, allegedly responsible for the ‘humanitarian catastrophy’ in Kosovo and Metohija, was attacked after the so-called Rambouillet negotiations about the future status of Kosovo failed. The Rambouillet agreement foresaw the deployment of NATO forces on the territory of Yugoslavia. The Yugoslav party didn’t want NATO forces on its territory and suggested UN troops should be deployed instead, to oversee the implementation of the Rambouillet agreement, which was also confirmed by the Yugoslavian parliament.
Unsatisfied, NATO unleashed a massive military onslaught on the small country and its people, which led to massive destruction and loss of lives. General Wesley Clark, who led the campaign, admitted in his book ‘Modern Warfare’ that the planning and preparations for the war were already underway in summer 1998 and finalized in August 1998. Which actually implies that Rambouillet never really had a chance of succeeding.
Today “Tanjug” listed some figures that were released by the Serbian Government, that show the devastating results and the destruction of the country by the NATO led attack:
- Over 2.500 people killed, of which more than 1.500 civilians
- 12.500 people wounded
- One third of electricity and energy capacity of the country destroyed
- Total cost of destruction over 100bn dollars
There isn’t a city in Serbia that wasn’t targeted by NATO. The extent of structural damage was:
- 25.000 houses and flats
- 470km of roads
- 595km of railway tracks
- 14 airports
- 39 hospitals and medical centers
- 69 schools
- 19 kinder gardens
- 176 cultural objects
- 82 bridges
NATO’s massive military attack on the small country involved:
- 1.150 Airplanes
- 2.300 attacks [sorties] by airplanes
- 1.300 Cruise Middles launched
- 37.000 [prohibited] cluster bombs
- Some 22.000 tons of bombs and other ammunition
- Ammunition with depleted uranium
After diplomatic efforts, the bombing and the aggression stopped with the signing of the Military Technical Agreement of Kumanovo [Macedonia] on the 9th of June, which foresaw the withdrawal of the Yugoslav Army from Kosovo within three days.
On that day that the UN Security Council adopted the resolution, 1244 and some 37 000 soldiers as part of the KFOR [NATO led Kosovo peace keeping force] were sent to Kosovo, with a mandate to secure peace and stability and enable the return of refugees, until a broad autonomy status has been negotiated for Kosovo.
With the support of US, NATO and the majority of EU States Kosovo declared its independence in 2008…!
The same countries that vociferously oppose the self-determination of Crimea or other parts of Ukraine…!