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NATO Finally Apologizes for Bombing Yugoslavia

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he deeply regretted the loss of all lives during NATO’s bombing campaign against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which he described as “a tragedy,” Serbian media reported on Thursday.

Speaking in Budva, Montenegro, after his meeting with Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, Stoltenberg said that he was offering condolences to all families and all those who lost their loved ones, Serbian newspaper Blic reported.

NATO “made every effort” to prevent the loss of innocent lives, Stoltenberg said, and added:

“Unfortunately, in the concrete case we could not avoid the suffering of civilians. I sincerely regret that. The goal of the operation was certainly to establish peace.”

“The goal and purpose of NATO’s air operation was also to protect civilians — and we succeeded in that,” Jens Stoltenberg emphasized.

NATO’s air strikes against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, made up at the time of Serbia and Montenegro, lasted for 78 days and ended on June 10, 1999.

According to different estimates, between 1,200 and 2,500 were killed in the attacks. Almost 13,000 were injured. The material damage is estimated at between $30 billion and $100 billion.

The western leaders justified the airstrikes by the need to end ethnic cleansings allegedly being conducted by Serbian forces in Kosovo.

It was also the first time that NATO used military force without the approval of the UN Security Council and against a sovereign nation that did not pose any real threat to any member of the alliance.


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5 Responses to " NATO Finally Apologizes for Bombing Yugoslavia "

  1. JaimeCA says:

    NATO’s apology for Bombing Yugoslavia is just NOT enough,
    unless & until suffered families are reasonably compensated for 2,500 innocent lives killed in the attacks. Almost 13,000 were injured. The material damage is estimated at between $30 billion and $100 billion. The deductions for the damage compensation must be carried-out of fat salaries of all NATO’s officials. All suffered Yugoslavian must sue NATO collectively for damages & war-crimes.

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  2. JaimeCA says:

    According to the books, France, Germany, Greece and Italy are bearing maximum NATO’s expenditure burdens.
    What for? Making a drama of feel-safe in Poland?
    Same amount can be utilized for humanitarian services like hospitals and schools.

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  3. Defiant says:

    How about some compensation for the destroyed infrastructure and the tons of DU contaminating the country?

    “Oh yeah and by the way sorry for bombing the shit out of you, it wasnt personal, no really, and about blown up Chinese embassy? well whoopsy, shit happens, dah, BI-Winning.”

    -U.S. govt

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  4. NATO says:

    We also apologize to the rest of the world that we didn’t flattened Serbia completely. Next time we’ll do it better.

    Nato Air !!!
    Just Do It


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  5. zerojr says:

    the pos sob still hav’nt payed for or fixed the train bridge that they bombed and murdered a train of civilians on it going fro the yugos to Hungary

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