WAR IN THE BALKANS

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"As long as Milosevic does not accept the requirements, it would be a mistake to cease the pressure. It is deeds that count"

Hubert Vedrine,

French Foreign Minister

"The most important thing now is to make a break in military operations - call it what you will - to stop killing people"

Viktor Chernomyrdin, Russia's Balkans envoy

"Milosevic wants an ethnically pure Serbian state. It would not stop at Kosovo. Montenegro would be next"

George Robertson,

Defence Secretary

"The Italian government has always opposed a purely military solution - which would mean a use of ground troops"

Massimo D'Alema,

Italian Prime Minister

"Macedonia is using refugees as political pawns and is breaking international law. Macedonia does not want the refugees"

Saul Takahashi,

Amnesty International

"It must be clear that there is no military exit strategy from this region. For Nato, the Balkans will now become the new central front"

Carl Bildt, UN mediator

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