Monitor: War in Kosovo

Reactions to the threat of armed intervention by Nato to end the conflict in Kosovo
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Die Welt

Germany

IT IS vital that Nato demonstrates to Milosevic, that his military actions are no longer appropriate. If he is still unmoved, Nato has to increase its potential threat. It is likely that Nato will be brought into action, which would be a lengthy and difficult operation. Is this really what is wanted?

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Hong Kong Standard

China

THE YUGOSLAVS are bent on wiping out as many Muslims as they can, creating a new Holocaust. American and European leaders are abetting this massacre of innocent Muslims by pretending to be issuing ultimatums. By their intransigence, Americans and Europeans are building up hate among the Arab states that will boomerang. The senseless killing has to be stopped.

Sevodnya

Russia

BELGRADE OFFICIALS claim to have received letters from Russians offering to take part in the struggle against Nato with the Yugoslav army. Balkan roulette unfurls with invisible speed. This theatre of the absurd may become a theatre of war at any moment, with intervention in a sovereign state without the UN's mandate. All this could shake the system of international relations, with unpredictable consequences.

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Hong Kong Standard

China

THE BLOODSHED must be stopped. But care must be taken not to play into Milosevic's hands. Kosovo isn't (yet) a case of Bosnia revisited. Military action may be required but not before all other efforts are exhausted to isolate Milosevic and reverse his latest folly.

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