The NATO air campaign has inflicted heavy damage on the Federal
Republic of Yugoslavia's military infrastructure and seriously degraded
the ability of Belgrade's military machine to continue its onslaught
in Kosovo. However, President Milosevic has yet to meet our objectives.
He must unconditionally agree to NATO's demands which include an
immediate halt to military operations in Kosovo, a withdrawal of
all forces, and the acceptance of an international military force
to assist in the return of refugees and to help enforce a political
agreement. Despite Belgrade's recent diplomatic offensive, NATO
has seen no indication of a significant withdrawal of VJ and MUP
forces from Kosovo.
In the meantime, diplomatic efforts are being pursued following
the G8 Foreign Ministers' statement on general principles for a
political solution to the crisis.
Military assessment for a possible international security presence
in Kosovo after the conflict is also being updated to take into
account the changing situation.
The Alliance's substantial support to help alleviate the refugee
crisis in neighbouring countries is fully underway in Albania and
the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1). The plight
of internally displaced people inside Kosovo is a major concern.
NATO is looking at ways to assist third parties planning to carry
out humanitarian missions while pursuing the air campaign.
1. Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia
with its constitutional name