The bombardment of Yugoslavia thus contravenes both the United Nations Charter and the North Atlantic Treaty itself, in one illegal moment.
Numerous possibilities were open to reach a negotiated settlement of the tragic confrontation in Kosovo. But when they felt they had reached a stalemate, the allied powers were under solemn obligation to refer the problem to the United Nations. This, the proper course of action, was never even considered, perhaps because it was feared that the UN might be able to broker a peaceful solution.
Now the trauma in Kosovo will certainly be aggravated and there is a danger that war will be extended over an even wider area.