in Media Global Watch Bulletins
Aug. 29, 1999
Truth in Media Reports on NATO's
Kosovo War and "Peace"
Aug. 29, 1999 - KFOR
1. Serb General Tells KFOR to Leave Kosovo
2. Albanians' Mortar Attack on an Ancient Serb Monastery
3. Remaining Serbs in Kosovo Are Starving
1. Serb General Tells KFOR to Leave Kosovo
BELGRADE, Aug 25- The fact that Belgrade's independent Nedeljni Telegraf (Sunday
Telegraph) is published on a Wednesday, may be only a minor quirk when it comes to the
Balkans logic. But what this Sunday's (Aug. 29) NT had to say in its front page story is
sure to send shudders down the spines of the NATO generals and political leaders who have
put the lives of 46,000 (and counting) western soldiers at risk, when they sent them to
Kosovo as "peace-farce-keepers."
"Gentlemen, get out of Kosovo!" screams today's bombastic headline (see the
photo), quoting the Serb General Nebojsa Pavkovic, commander of the
Third Yugoslav Army, which managed to outfox and survive, virtually intact, the 79-aerial
assault by the world's most powerful alliance - NATO. "Soon, I am returning, with my
soldiers," Gen. Pavkovic warned the KFOR leaders.
For the record, we should point out that the NT interview took place during the
general's first vacation in two years, which he spent with his family on the Tara river
(in Montenegro), in a retreat owned by the Yugoslav military. Gen. Pavkovic reportedly
spent his free time hiking, at the pool, on the soccer field, and painting under the
tutelage of a local artist colony, the NT reported.
In an exclusive interview with NT's Milos Antic, Gen. Pavkovic did not hide his
animosity toward his former boss, Gen. Momcilo Perisic, whom the Yugoslav President
Slobodan Milosevic dismissed last December (see "Senators
Urge Ouster of Milosevic", TiM GW Bulletin 98/12-8, 12/26/98). But Gen.
Pavkovic's bombshell pontification concerned KFOR, not Perisic.
Gen. Pavkovic blamed KFOR "for failing to honor a single condition of the
agreement. They have not protected the border, they have not protected the Serbs and other
non-Albanian residents, they have not disarmed the KLA; quite the contrary."
"So what comes next?" asked the NT.
"Our country has the perfect right to say to the international forces: You have
not completed your task in Kosovo and Metohija. You have not implemented a single
condition of the Military-Technical Agreement and the United Nations Resolutions.
Gentleman, get out of Kosovo and Metohija, and leave us to fix the situation as it should
be. I am convinced that this is precisely what will soon happen."
"Are you prepared to lead Serbian soldiers and volunteers back to Kosovo to
establish peace and order there?" the NT asked.
"Very prepared. The moment the decision is made to return the Yugoslav Army to
Kosovo and Metohija, I will personally lead that army back. I think that our army will
return to Kosovo and re-establish peace and order very soon."
TiM Ed.: But alas, who will make that decision? ("to return the Yugoslav Army to
Kosovo and Metohija"). The same person who sold out Kosovo's 200,000 Serbs to the
KFOR-sponsored "ethnic-cleansing?" (Slobodan Milosevic). Perhaps when hell
So unless the general is prepared to put his money and troops where his mouth is, maybe
he ought to stay closer to the painters colony canvasses than to the battlefield. For, the
time for talking tough is over; and the time for acting tough is long overdue.
Nevertheless, here are some additional excerpts from that NT interview, in an English
"NT: Immediately prior to the beginning of the war, you
were given command of our largest and most powerful army, the Third Army of the Yugoslav
Army, the one which was supposed to have endured the chief burden of opposing the
aggressor. Were you aware of this upon assuming command?
PAVKOVIC: I didn't expect this kind of war to happen nor to
engage in battle against NATO. We soldiers didn't have the slightest idea that something
like that might occur. However, we knew there were going to be problems in the region of
Kosovo and Metohija because after the signing of the agreement with Holbrooke and the
arrival of the OSCE mission to Kosovo things again grew more complicated.
But, the aggression had been in preparation for at least
four-five years. Since Dayton. According to that agreement, we were obliged to provide
them with full information regarding the deployment of our troops and our combat systems,
which they later inspected in accordance with the same agreement. They had the coordinates
of practically all of our garrisons, our training camps, our warehouses and other military
NT: Are you a member or a sympathizer of any political party?
PAVKOVIC: Categorically, no. As a member of the Yugoslav Army,
which is apolitical and non-partite, I cannot be. However, members of the Yugoslav Army,
as members of a federal institution, must remain in direct contact with legally elected
officials as long as they are in government positions. If someone has a problem with that,
then that is an entirely separate issue.
NT: Will the Yugoslav Army defend the current government if
protesters demand their departure from power?
PAVKOVIC: I never said that the army would do that. However, I
have always advocated that the government cannot be replaced in the streets. For only one
reason: this cannot be done peacefully. And that means the beginning of a fratricidal,
that is, a civil war in the country. The security forces and the army are here to prevent
something like this from happening.
We who are in the army have nothing against a possible change in
the government as long as it is carried out in a peaceful manner, a legal manner, that is,
through elections. The people will decide whom they will empower to govern, and the army
will remain in the same position as it is now.
NT: Is there a possibility that someone in the army command could
order the army to use its weapons to stand between those in the streets who are demanding
a change of government and the representatives of that government?
PAVKOVIC: It is well known who, under what conditions and when
has the right to use the army according to our Constitution. I don't believe that this
will ever happen because, in the long run, everyone must understand that the street is not
the place to change the government.
NT: Were you militarily defeated in the war?
PAVKOVIC: We were not defeated because we did not lose an inch of
land. We successfully protected our units and all combat capabilities. The fact that the
army, according to the Military-Technical Agreement, withdrew from the region of Kosovo
and Metohija, that was the decision of our highest state officials and of the Yugoslav
Parliament. The Yugoslav Army was obligated to fulfill its assignment.
NT: What led to the withdrawal of the Yugoslav Army? Was it the
assessment that it would be defeated or was this a purely political decision?
PAVKOVIC: As far as military assessments are concerned, we were
convinced then and we are convinced now that the Pristina corpus and the units of the
Third Army in Kosovo and Metohija, would never have been defeated and that they were
prepared to endure there for as long as necessary. With the forces which NATO then had at
its disposal in Albania and Macedonia, they could never have defeated us. If they based
their assessment on entering Serbia from other directions: Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and
Croatia, and thought that this entering would influence the conquest of Kosovo and
Metohija, in this situation, as well, we would have been prepared to defend Kosovo and
Metohija at any price. It is certain that in this case we would have had tremendous
casualties but the aggressor would have had much greater ones. The decision regarding
withdrawal was made by the Parliament and accepted by the army.
NT: What would have happened had the army refused to accept the
decision to withdraw from Kosovo?
PAVKOVIC: If we had refused to implement the decision of the
highest state leadership and said instead 'We are staying in Kosovo and Metohija', it
would have caused horrible consequences for Serbia and for Yugoslavia as a whole.
NT: What kind of consequences?
PAVKOVIC: The agreement which was offered and which was later
accepted, was conditional: either you will accept it or the attacks will intensify. We
were literally told - all your remaining bridges will be destroyed, your whole
infrastructure will be destroyed, your cities will be bombed, your entire electrical power
system taken out and so on. They threatened to level Serbia to the ground. In my opinion,
in that phase they would have left Kosovo alone. They only planned revenge on the citizens
of Serbia, which she, after everything else she had been through, could not have endured.
If we had decided to stay and if all they threatened us with had materialized, no one
would have forgiven us. [
NT: General Perisic accuses you of threatening to use the army
against the people if it demands a change in the Serbian government?
PAVKOVIC: I never threatened to use the army against the (Serb)
people. I vigorously deny Perisic's claim and anyone else's who wants to accuse me of
this. Because as long as I am alive, I will serve this people; at any moment, I would give
my life for the Serbian people. [
NT: Were you aware that the United States, immediately prior to
the signing of the agreement, was a step away from calling off the bombing?
PAVKOVIC: We heard of this information but it was not confirmed.
We knew that the development of events in Kosovo was unfavorable for them, that they had
great problems with their armies, and their states, too, as well as within the framework
of the NATO alliance. We soldiers were prepared to defend ourselves even longer but the
ultimatums of the Ahtisaari-Chernomyrdin plan led our administration into a great dilemma:
whether to accept the ultimatums and thus protect the people and Serbia from total
destruction, or to refuse to accept it. [
NT: We heard that prior to accepting the agreement you had an
intense meeting with the state leadership in which, reportedly, you were opposed to the
withdrawal of the Yugoslav Army from Kosovo and that you were reportedly dismissed;
however, this was, again reportedly, hastily rescinded...
PAVKOVIC: Stories regarding my dismissal, as you can see, are
false. However, it is correct that after the agreement was ratified by the Yugoslav
Parliament there was a meeting of the Supreme Command at which assessments regarding what
and how should be done were presented. At that time I stated that, as far as the army was
concerned, it could stay and defend Kosovo and Metohija. However, the threat of
consequences which could have had a devastating effect on our people and our country
outweighed everything all around. And this was only after reassurances by the
international community that they would honestly and according to the agreement carry out
their task in Kosovo and Metohija. [
NT: Will the Yugoslav Army, according to the Military-Technical
Agreement, be permitted to return to Kosovo and the borders between FRY and Albania, and
PAVKOVIC: The military-technical agreement foresaw a small number
of soldiers returning to the border crossing and securing the border crossings together
with units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. This is a small number of soldiers,
twenty-thirty per border crossing, and there are only four border crossings. However,
considering the situation in Kosovo right now, it is not safe and secure for that number
of our soldiers to be there. I think it would be a mistake to send them at this point.
NT: Is there a possibility that the Yugoslav Army will go to
defend the Serbian enclaves in Kosovo?
PAVKOVIC: In my opinion, that is a real possibility. Especially
if those enclaves are well organized beforehand. That would be possible to achieve through
an additional agreement but if the situation in Kosovo continues to escalate, it is
possible that this may be realized without an agreement.
NT: Do you perhaps expect KFOR's invitation for the Yugoslav Army
to come and help them secure the situation in Kosovo?
PAVKOVIC: They are either incapable or intentionally refusing to
do what was agreed. Because of their personal pride, I don't believe that they will now
invite our army to help them. Although, and I have said this before and repeat it, they
can only complete their assignment successfully with the help of the Yugoslav Army.
However, sooner or later they will see with whom they are dealing and what they have
gotten themselves into. And the moment that the entire KFOR mission and the lives of their
people are in danger, they will overcome their personal pride and call us.
NT: How correct is the information from foreign media that an
undeclared war is currently being waged in Kosovo between KFOR forces and the Albanian
PAVKOVIC: We have seen that KFOR is unable to establish contacts
with the KLA since it is not an organized and disciplined army, but unbridled terrorist
bands. The moment they attempt to disarm them and forbid them to create a reign of terror
throughout Kosovo, I think that there will be intense fighting between them.
NT: Who should be ashamed because of what is happening to the
Serbian populace in Kosovo today?
PAVKOVIC: Exclusively the international community's. First and
foremost, the United Nations', then KFOR's for failing to honor a single condition of the
agreement. They have not protected the border, they have not protected the Serbs and other
non-Albanian residents, they have not disarmed the KLA; quite the contrary. [...]
NT: Unlike many Yugoslav Army officers, you frequently make
public statements. Is this because of something new in the Yugoslav Army, or simply your
PAVKOVIC: The Yugoslav Army has no reason to be secretive before
the public. It is the army of its people, and it has shown itself to be always supportive
of its people. There is no reason that we soldiers should not comment publicly regarding
some things. I make public appearances because I believe I have something to say and
because others are interested in what I think, not because I have someone's permission to
NT: Do you have any political ambitions perhaps?
PAVKOVIC: No, I don't. The only thing I want is to remain in the
army and help my people to end this crisis. And if someone thinks I am not capable of
doing this, I will withdraw and engage in other activities, but not in politics."
TiM Ed.: For some other TiM stories referencing Gen. Pavkovic, check out S99-44, Day 25, Item 1, Apr. 17, S99-112,
"Peace" 6, Items 1 and 2, June 21, S99-134,
"Peace" 28, Item 3, Aug. 8.
2. Albanians' Mortar Attack on an Ancient Serb
GRACANICA, Aug. 26 - "Today, at around 5.30 P.M., from the direction of the
Albanian village Ajvajlija, 6km to the South from Pristina, ten odd mortar shells were
fired on the Serbian village Gracanica," we received a message in evidently broken
English, uncorrected here for the sake of authenticity, from our Serbian Orthodox Church
(SOC) sources in Kosovo.
"The shells landed in the backyards of the Serb families Stojanovic and Djurlic,
200m from the monastery Gracanica (14.century), one of the greatest Christian sacred
places and cultural monuments placed under the protection of UNESCO," our sources
"This attack on the biggest Serbian village in Kosovo caused the great concern and
bitterness among the Serbian population, especially since the attack took place on the eve
of the great Christian holy day of the Virgin Mary's Ascension, the feast day of the
monastery and the village of Gracanica," our sources added.
The Gracanica monastery is the temporary seat of the Raska~Prizren diocese, while in
the village itself there are over 300 of refugee families being sheltered, who had been
expelled from different parts of the southern Serbian province.
3. Remaining Serbs in Kosovo Are Starving
NIS, Aug. 28 - We've just received this dramatic message from a correspondent in Nis,
the third largest Serb city, and the one closest to the Kosovo KFOR "peace
farce." Read and weep:
"I spent the day today (Aug. 28), collecting aid for the
remaining Serbs in Orahovac (the Kosovo town where Albanians are blocking the Russian KFOR troops from taking over from the
Dutch - see the map).
Tomorrow, a truck is supposed to leave for Orahovac. Over there,
people truly are starving. They have nothing to eat. The truck drivers tell us, upon
returning, moving stories about what they that just witnessed. Such as a real fight for a
peace of bread.
Children have no fruit, even though it's in season, not to
mention any sweets. And none of them dare move an inch from where they are. For, the
Shiptars (Albanians) will kill them if they venture out. All, of course, in collusion with
By the way, the Americans are not are not letting the Russians
tear down the Albanians' barricade."
TiM Ed. Whatever happened to that parallel and independent Russian command, over which
our (U.S.) secretary of defense, and his Russian counterparts, haggled so strenuously for
so long? Was this another NWO farce, to make the world think the Russian troops in Kosovo
are anything more than the Russian NWO quislings in Moscow?
If these "Russians" were commanded by the real Russians, they would have done
what the Russians had done at the outset of the Kosovo "peace farce" - when they
took over the Serb military airport in Pristina before NATO could get to it.
"Just this moment, I had in my home a man from Kosovska
Kamenica (see the map).
He is telling me that the Shiptars (Albanians) in Kamenica will destroy everything if the
Russians enter Orahovac. Even the poor Russians will then become the victims.
Still our (Serb) people keep their blind faith despite
everything. As if they have no choice
TiM Ed.: (no choice) "
but to kiss the foreign occupiers' posteriors?"
For alternative tactics, they should check out the Serb history books. Such as the
Gavrilo Princip, or Major Dragutin Gavrilovic stories (see S99-33,
Day 16, Update 2, Item 5, Apr. 8).
Also, check out... Truth in
Media Statement on the Kosovo War, "Wither
Dayton, Sprout New War?", "On the
Brink of Madness", "Tragic Deja
Vu's," "Seven U.S. Senators
Suggest Ouster of Milosevic", "Biting
the Hand That Feeds You", "A
Balkan Affairs Potpourri", "Put the
U.N. Justice on Trial", "International
Justice 'Progresses' from Kidnapping to Murder", "Milosevic: 'A Riddle Wrapped in a
Mystery'...", "Kosovo Lie Allowed
to Stand", "New World Order's
Inquisition in Bosnia", "Kosovo
Heating Up", "Decani Monastery
Under Siege?", "Murder on Wall
Street", "Kosovo: 'Bosnia
II', Serbia's Aztlan", "What
If the Shoe Were on the Other Foot?", "Serb
WW II General Exhonerated by British Archives," "Green Interstate - Not Worth American
Lives", "An American Hero or Actor of the Year?" (A June '95
TiM story) and/or "Clinton arme secrètement les
musulmans bosniaques", "Kocevje:
Tito's Greatest Crime?", "Perfidious
Albion Strikes Again, Aided by Uncle Sam", "Lift the Sanctions, Now!" (1993)
Or Djurdjevic's WASHINGTON TIMES columns: "Chinese Dragon Wagging Macedonian Tail,"
"An Ugly Double Standard in Kosovo
Bullyboys", "Kosovo: Why Are We
Involved?", and "Ginning Up Another
Or Djurdjevic's NEW DAWN magazine columns: "Washington's Crisis Factory,"
and "A New Iron Curtain Over