Excerpts from Reuters Report Wednesday March 24 4:44 PM ET
Translations (in brackets) Provided by Maj Telicommunications
BELGRADE (Reuters) - NATO launched a devastating blitz of air strikes
against military targets in Yugoslavia Wednesday after a defiant
Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic rejected a big-power peace plan for Kosovo.
In Washington, President Clinton said the strikes aimed to prevent
``brutal repression'' by Yugoslav forces against the ethnic Albanian
majority in Serbia's Kosovo province.
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``Only firmness now can prevent greater catastrophe later,'' Clinton told
reporters at the White House.
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``I have been informed by SACEUR (NATO's Supreme Commander, Europe),
General (Wesley) Clark, that at this moment NATO air operations against
targets in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia have commenced,'' Solana
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``Clear responsibility for the air strikes lies with President Milosevic
who has refused to stop his violent action in Kosovo and has refused to
negotiate in good faith,'' he said.
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(WHACK!) you. If you had just done what I (WHACK!) told you in the first
place you wouldn't be in this position (WHACK!!WHACK!!).]
Clinton said the action had three objectives: demonstrate the seriousness
of NATO's opposition to aggression and its support for peace; deter
Milosevic from escalating his attacks on civilians by imposing a price for
those attacks, and if necessary, damage Serbia's capacity to wage war in
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now don't you? After I get through with you, you're gonna leave your
brother alone, right? You do it again, I'm gonna smack you into next
But the attacks caused consternation in Russia, a traditional friend of
fellow Orthodox nation Serbia. President Boris Yeltsin said he was
``deeply shocked'' and Moscow called an immediate meeting of the United
Nations Security Council.
The Vatican also expressed dismay, calling the strikes a ''defeat for
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it, they were only playing. You know how little boys are. Oh well, I can't
watch, I'll be in the laundry room)]
But Solana said: ``NATO is not waging war against Yugoslavia. We have no
quarrel with the people of Yugoslavia who for too long have been isolated
in Europe because of the policies of their government. Our actions are
directed against the repressive policy of the Yugoslav leadership.''
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good boy. You just have to learn.]
Arrayed against it is the power of the United States and most of its
European allies. Experts and officials say the first strikes will aim to
disable Yugoslavia's Soviet-made anti-aircraft missiles and to knock out
radar and communications.
Up to 400 NATO warplanes could follow through with sustained bombing of
forces that might be used against Kosovo's Albanian separatist guerrillas.
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