NATO vs UN (attempt to replace the U.N. Security Council with the NATO
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It is pretty clear what has occured in the past few days
but of course the brain-washed masses of the west don't have a clue and many on this forum
are in denial.
Few days ago , I expressed the opinion that something didn't look right . First of all
NATO does not look happy with the deal . Second of all NATO didn't seem to follow the part
of the deal which says the international presence will be under U.N. control. "
Deployment in Kosovo, under U.N. auspicies, of efficient international civilian and
security presences which would act as can be decided according to Chapter 7 of the U.N.
Charter and be capable of guaranteeing fulfillment of joint goals. " Major details
such as the composition of the force needed to be worked out. I also predicted that it
would be at least a couple of weeks of stalemate before the actual terms are forced on
This is what I think happened . This deal is of course a compromise. Milosevic is losing something and I think NATO is losing
something too, probably more than they can handle. Russia was
assured of U.N. involvement and probably more. NATO is now trying to backstep over that.
The deal is still quite vague and both sides see room for maneuver. The deal calls for an
"essential" NATO presence. (I keep seeing the word substantial quoted but the
deal that was shown on this NG only says essential. ) Whether or not the deal says
substantial or essential , the meaning of this word needs to be defined.
The Serbs , quite naturally when presented with
demands not yet in writing , made some demands of their own.
NATO is not happy about the future of this deal. The following statement was shown on T.V.
and CNN in particular. NATO chooses its words carefully . "I don't think that Kosovo is going to be a very happy place for
Serbs when NATO comes in and ... I don't think Serbs will want to stay there,"
Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon said. So it all goes to the U.N.
now. Remains to be seen what will come out of it.
BRUSSELS, June 7 (AFP) - NATO's permanent council of ambassadors on Monday officially
noted the stalemate in talks between allied and Yugoslav military men and said it would be
up to the G8 powers to resolve the issue.
The Yugoslav side hardened its position "just after a Russian observer -- the Russian
military attache in Belgrade -- arrived in Kumanovo (Macedonia)," said a source close
to NATO. "There was a problem in Moscow," the source said. He gave no details,
but the Russian military was understood to be spearheading opposition in Moscow to the
Kosovo peace plan. The source, speaking after a short meeting of ambassadors from the NATO
states, said: "The key is in Moscow."
G8 foreign ministers were meeting in Bonn Monday to try to salvage the Kosovo peace
process and finalize a UN resolution after NATO and Yugoslavia failed to reach agreement
on a troop withdrawal from the province. The G8 comprises the world's seven leading
industrialized states plus Russia. NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia was resumed with renewed
intensity Monday after the breakdown of talks on a withdrawal of Yugoslav troop and Serb
police units from Kosovo. NATO diplomatic sources in Brussels said the Kumanovo talks had
run into difficulty over Belgrade's insistence on a UN resolution for Kosovo being voted
prior to a Serb pull-out from the war-torn province.
The Russians also want the peace effort to become a UN operation and not one dominated by
NATO, although Russia's Balkans envoy, Viktor Chernomyrdin, said in Bonn last week that
the UN resolution would come after a Serb withdrawal began and was verified. (rat : I
don't recall this and it isn't in the deal.) Allied sources said Yugoslavia wanted to
ensure that ethnic Albanian separatists would not be able to take advantage of the troop
NATO issued a "tough ultimatum" to Yugoslav negotiators in the Macedonian town
of Blace on Saturday and "gave only two hours to think it over", a Yugoslav
Embassy official in Moscow told Itar-Tass. "Basically,
by issuing this ultimatum NATO assumes the right to adopt a political decision on the
deployment of troops in Kosovo," he said. The diplomat believes
that "if the Yugoslav leadership is forced to
accept the ultimatum, this will mean that NATO assumes the right to act without the
consent of the U.N. Security Council."
A Russian military expert, who asked not to be named, said that "if this is so, this
will kill all previous agreements on the settlement of the situation in Yugoslavia,
including the ones which were worked out recently in Bonn by Chernomyrdin, Ahtisaari and
Talbott." "This is nothing else but an
attempt to replace the U.N. Security Council with the NATO Council," he said. The toughness of NATO's position was reiterated earlier today by its
spokesman Jamie Shea who said that the meeting in Blace is not negotiations, but an
instruction to the Serbs as what they should be doing in order to comply with NATO
demands. Russia accuses NATO of wanting to take charge of Kosovo mission.
MOSCOW, June 7 (AFP) - Russian Foreign Minister Igor
Ivanov on Monday accused NATO of wanting to dictate the conditions of a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo before the drafting of a UN resolution on the crisis. "NATO in this document tried to write
down the right to deploy force which is based on NATO," Ivanov
said upon arrival in Bonn, in remarks broadcast on Russia's RTR television. Hopes
collapsed Monday of an early end to hostilities in Yugoslavia when NATO and Yugoslav
military commanders separated after two days of talks without reaching agreement on
withdrawal of Yugoslav troops from Kosovo.
Earlier Monday, a military official cited by the
Interfax news agency accused NATO of seeking to dictate the terms of withdrawal of Serb
forces from the troubled province before deployment
of an international force.
"The UN Security Council has been left outside
the framework of the talks, which violates the peace agreements reached during the
Chernomyrdin-Ahtisaari-Talbott trilateral talks in Bonn," the
official said. He was referring to Russia's Kosovo envoy Viktor Chernomyrdin, his European
Union counterpart Martti Ahtisaari and US Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott, who
devised a peace plan accepted by Belgrade on Thursday. Moscow insists forces can only be
deployed in Kosovo under the auspices of the United Nations, as provided for under the
The Russian official accused NATO's chief negotiator at the pullout talks -- "Lieutenant-General Michael Jackson was overreaching himself
during two days of negotiations at the Yugoslav-Macedonian border. Jackson has taken on too much responsibility. Decisions on any
international presence in Kosovo are not made at his level,"
the military source said. The British general said Yugoslav proposals were "not
consistent" with the agreed peace plan and "would not provide a safe return of
the refugees and full withdrawal of Serb troops. "There is no alternative but to
continue and intensify the bombardments until the Yugoslav side is prepared to implement
their commitment," he said.
Despite the hitch, the Russian military source said Moscow hoped negotiations would resume
quickly: "It is certainly possible to get the talks back on track, and we are not
inclined to dramatize the current situation."