Letter: This is no way to protect Kosovars

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Sir: Michael Laird (letter, 10 April) advocates the arming and training of the KLA and reminds us that "the defeat of the Bosnian Serbs was brought about by local forces, mainly Croatian".

The KLA is no doubt evolving into a more formidable and disciplined organisation which could take control of much of Kosovo providing Serb heavy weaponry was neutralised. But it is not an army. The Croat forces to which Mr Laird refers were a disciplined, well motivated army with heavy artillery and armour which fought a brilliant six-day campaign to retake the occupied lands of the Krajina and with the Muslim forces effectively gave the Serbs the choice of negotiating (Dayton) or facing total defeat.


Bromyard, Herefordshire