Date: Sat, 27 Feb 1999 13:46:36 +0100
From: Academic Information Center
Subject: Misinformation about Kosovo
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Dear friends,

The inspiring article by Simon Jakins "Kosovo: Too Many Cooks" (The Times, 11th March 1998) gives an excellent example of the hypocrisy and, meddling by the West in the Serbian (Yugoslav) affairs regarding the events in Kosovo-Metohija or Kosmet. Kosovo is the eastern and Metohija is the western part of the province in question.
Mrs. Albright, filled with her superpower hubris, and Mr. Cook with his smaller power hubris, are trying to dictate their own conditions to the Serbs, how to settle the conflict in Kosmet, with the help of the third member of this arrogant trio, Mr. Klaus Kinkel, with the support of the more or less obedient European Union. To show whom actually calls the tune from the very beginning, Mrs. Albright 'indicated on 9th March 1998 that the United Nations charter respecting the internal sovereignty of states is no longer recognised by America'. The events in Kosovo-Metohija are a concert of one-sidedness, bias and double standards by the West.
The violence that escalated there from the very beginning of 1998 had been expected, as a continuation of the big power policy of USA, Germany and a part of the European Union, so successfully applied to fragment the former Yugoslavia, especially in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The same arrogant ignorance and malicious intentions, the same articles with emotion charged headlines to sell the papers better, are here again. The principles of the PR Ruder and Finn Global Public Affairs from Washington had been rally adhered to. The Albanians from Kosovo-Metohija, the Croats, the Muslims from Bosnia-Herzegovina, did not pay in vain. It is really Pity to use the human tragedy and to distort the truth just for propaganda purposes tragedy. 'Serbs turn Kosovo into killing field' is a shining example from 8th March 1998 (Daily Telegraph) of a basic misinformation. Who started the trouble? Wasn't it the self-proclaimed ethnic Albanian Kosovo-Liberation Army (UCK) that started the killing: six Serbian policemen were killed at the beginning (from ambush), many Albanians who worked in various state enterprises are dead, among them 8 foresters brutally murdered. Everybody must wonder what would USA, Great Britain, France, do in such circumstances. Several years ago during the riots in Los Angeles, about 70 people were killed, a lot of them died at Waco. What would the U.S. Administration say if the United Nations or the European Union expressed their intentions to send there their observers, missions, or even troops just 'to meditate'? Wasn't Los Angeles a killing field with a strong racist motivation?

The more or less nonchalant attitude of the west to the flagrant support to the terrorists by the Albanian authorities and the lukewarm objections of' the West to the continuing violence terrorist Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK) will definitely not discourage the militant part of the Kosmet Albanians from their acts of violence. That attitude will also not compel them to make a deal with Belgrade.

Sincerely Yours,
Academic Information Center of Serbia
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