cj#1140> Permanent German Troop Occupation of Yugoslavia?


Richard Moore

(Note particularly the interview with Chossudovsky about 
German-American plans for Yugoslavia, which is independent
of the in-question AP dispatch.  -rkm)

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Friday, October 13, 2000

1. Fischer Calls for Permanent German Troop Occupation of Yugoslavia
2. Yugoslavia Slated for German Domination
3. Yugoslav Coup Unravels


The URL for this article is

German Foreign Minister Calls for Permanent German Troop
Occupation of Yugoslavia

Fischer says Yugoslavs Must Acquire Democratic Culture in
order to be able to Relate to Germany

Comments by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky follow the news report

    www.tenc.net [Emperor's Clothes]

[Emperor's Clothes note: The following has been translated
from the printout of a German language 'Associated Press'
dispatch. For more details, see end of article]


 (Berlin), AP, Oct. 11, 2000 

German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, addressing
Parliament on Wednesday, expressed his opinion that Germany
should not only provide material help to Yugoslavia but that
the Bundeswehr [the German Army]  and non-military
organizations should establish a permanent presence there. 
He declared that this was a unique chance to create a
democracy in the context of further European unification.

Reunited Germany has a special responsibility for
stabilizing democracy in Serbia. Democracy, said Mr.
Fischer, is the basis for a lasting peace in the  Balkans.
But the priority is for the moment that the democratic
changes be  carried out peacefully and that justice prevail.
The Western Balkans is a  part of the European comprehensive

It was truly correct at the time to stop Slobodan
Milosevich's policy of Greater Serbia and to engage oneself
on the side of the democratic opposition, says Joschka
Fischer. Now the bloody murdering in the  Balkans can be
stopped. The Stability Pact has to be used, among other 
things, for the clearing of the Danube. Also democratic
culture has to be  built up [in Serbia] to make possible the
normalization of relations between  Germany and Serbia. The
first steps have been taken through the lifting of  the oil
and the flight embargoes by the European Union. Now Serbia
can  be accompanied on its route toward Europe. In the words
of Fischer, all  those who have made themselves guilty of
grave crimes have to be brought  to justice.

[Note: Original German text will be posted as soon as
possible at
http://emperors-clothes.com/german/bundeswehr.htm ]


Yugoslavia Slated for German Domination

Interview with Michel Chossudovsky, Professor of Economics,
University of Ottawa. Prof. Chossudovsky studies and writes
about the effects of International Monetary Fund/NATO
penetration of countries in transition.

Interview conducted by Max Sinclair

Sinclair: Some supporters of Kostunica are arguing, or
hoping, that somehow he can maneuver around the United
States because he has ties to Europe. That Europe is getting
away from US domination and wants to be independent.

Chossudovsky: I think they're very naïve in that belief.
Berlin and Washington are working hand in hand in this
situation. They coordinate their respective foreign policy
initiatives. Germany's secret service, the Bundes
Nachrichtendienst (BND) collaborated closely with the CIA in
the various stages of the 78 day bombing of Yugoslavia, and
also after the bombing.

Everything indicates that what they want is to transform
Yugoslavia into a German protectorate with German troops
(and the Deutschmark) stationed on Yugoslav soil, within
Germany's "Lebensraum". This has been the fate of the other
former republics of Yugoslavia including Macedonia and

In Montenegro and Kosovo the Deutschmark has been
established as legal tender. In Kosovo Germany's Commerzbank
controls the entire commercial banking system. At the same
time it is the Washington Group, which is a US Transnational
linked up with the US defence industry, which controls the
Trepca mines in northern Kosovo.

The Americans and their British allies have their eyes on
Central Asia; that is the deal. The Caspian Sea basin and
Central Asia are American territory. BP-AMOCO and ARCO, the
world's largest Anglo-American oil consortium, is the major
player in the Caspian oil fields. NATO's role, through
GUUAM, the NATO-sponsored military alliance in this area, is
to protect the pipeline routes from the Caucasus through the

Germany is not an important player in the oil business. In
return for the US and Britain getting the Caspian Sea Basin
and Central Asia, Germany gets the Balkans and parts of
Eastern Europe. The US and Germany seem to have agreed on
this division of territory and their respective spheres of

Sinclair: So they are fully united?

Chossudovsky: United in some regards, divided in others.
There is a major split between Germany and the US in the
defence industry. We see two competing defence
conglomerates. The powerful Deutsche Aerospace which is part
of Daimler is now allied with France's Aerospatiale Matra.
In turn, British Aerospace is integrated into the US
military industrial complex. It is in close relationship
with major US defence contractors.

In other words the Western defence industry is split in two;
the Anglo-American axis and the Franco-German axis.
Incidentally in the oil business the Anglo-Americans are
also competing with the French-Belgian-Italian consortium,
El-Aquitaine-Petrofina-ENI, which also has links to the
Iranian and Russian Oil companies.

Dinkic Attempts to Control Central Bank for the IMF

Chossudovsky: With regard to Yugoslavia, what they want is
to impose the Deutschmark, which means Germany would
dominate the monetary system. This requires controlling the
Central Bank.

I think the biggest stake in Yugoslavia right now is over
who controls the Central Bank.

It appears that Mr. Mladjan Dinkic of the G17 group of
economists has assumed control of the Bank. He has done this
on behalf of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

If Yugoslavia is to retain national sovereignty, it is
absolutely essential that it regain sovereignty over its
bank and therefore its monetary policy. If Kostunica and
Dinkic and the G-17 can hand over the Central Bank to the
IMF, then the German banks will come in as they did in
Kosovo and Bosnia . The IMF then acquires de facto control
and then we have a colonial situation regardless of what
might happen in the arena of party politics. In other words,
if the IMF, through the G-17 economists, has control of the
Central Bank in the person of Mr. Dinkic, then they control
part of the key power in the country. If they also get the
position of Finance Minister they have it all.

Mr. Dinkic appears to have assumed the functions of a
Central Bank governor without the legally required
parliamentary assent. There is evidence, publicly available,
that the IMF has already begun wrecking the monetary system.
For Yugoslavia to retain sovereignty, its monetary policy
must be controlled by those answerable to parliament, not to
the IMF. This means removing the Central Bank from Dinkic
and his associates.

With regard to Yugoslavia the US, Germany and France

Sinclair: The other day I read an article which suggested
that Kostunica has the backing of France and so he can
therefore play an independent role.

Chossudovsky: France and Germany go together. As I
mentioned, their defense industries are fully integrated
now. There's very close collaboration between the two. That
is the new axis. France, ermany and Italy, on one side, and
Britain and America on the other.

Sinclair: So does this mean there is hope that the Serbs
will be protected from the U.S. by France and Germany?

Chossudovsky: They won't; no no, they won't. Of course,
there are many disagreements and conflicts between Germany
and the US. In Albania, the Germans supported the Democrats
and the US supported the Socialists. The Germans lost out.
Germany's giant mining consortium Preussag, lost out to an
Anglo-American mining company when the Socialists came in.
Albania is one of the world's largest producers of chrome,
you see.

But with regard to Yugoslavia the US and German sides fully

And mind you, the International Monetary Fund is run by a
German now. Let's be clear: in the Balkans and Eastern
Europe, the IMF is just as much an instrument of German
domination as it is of American domination.

And then of course there are the historical implications of
Germany once more occupying Yugoslavia. This of course has
been an established goal of the German Empire, including
during W.W.II.

Sinclair: Before we conclude could you talk a bit more about
United States and Central Asia?

Chossudovsky: Well the United States has extended into the
Caucasus and the Central Asian Republics of the former
Soviet Union; it also has its eyes on China. Since the Asian
crisis and the IMF bailout in 1997, South Korea is becoming
a full fledged colony of the US. The powerful Korean
business conglomerates (Hyundai, Samsung, Daewoo, Kia) are
being taken over by U.S. financial interests. The Germans,
including Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, are also present in
Korea, picking up the pieces. The US has 38,000 troops in
Korea. The Korean economy is being ransacked.


 Further Reading

 'U.S. Arrogance and Yugoslav Elections' at

 'The International Monetary Fund And The Yugoslav Elections' at

 'Yugoslav Coup Unravels' at

 Two interviews relate first hand experience with the DOS terror:

 * These Dindjic people are brown shirts' at
 An interview conducted after the Oct. 5 coup

 * 'On the list, they had me marked as a nationalist' at
 Interview conducted before the Oct. 5 coup

 The Case of the Reluctant News Report

As far as we know, the 'AP' dispatch posted above was only
distributed in German. A reader spotted it at Yahoo.com's
German language site and emailed us his English translation
of an excerpt as well as the web address where he'd found
it. Following his instructions we went to
http://de.news.yahoo.com/4/ and did a search for "Fischer
will Jugoslawien mit Bundeswehr helfen" [Fischer wants Army
to help Yugoslavia]. This took us to the web address
"http://de.news.yahoo.com/001011/12/14aun.html" The url we
there had the right title, but the link didn't work. The
other links on the page worked fine. We contacted a friend
in Germany who has access to 'AP' . He got a printout of the
actual news dispatch and sent us the text in German and
translated it to English. We will post the original German


Yugoslav Coup Unravels

by George Szamuely [10-13-2000]

Last week's coup d'etat in Yugoslavia is unraveling rapidly.
President Vojislav Kostunica is emerging as a new type of
President. He waves to the cameras; he gives interviews to
the media; he meets foreign dignitaries. Yet he is in charge
of nothing. He has no political party and no political base.
He does not control the Federal Parliament. He does not
control the Serbian Parliament. He does not control
Montenegro. He does not control any Ministry. He does not
control the police. Above all, he does not control
Yugoslavia's armed forces. And, as he reveals in an
interview with the New York Times (October 12), he does not
even control his own coalition. Kostunica won 50 percent of
the vote - if that - in an election with a 60 percent
turnout. The Yugoslav Presidency is essentially a powerless
institution, important only because Slobodan Milosevic
occupied it. The Yugoslav President, for example, is not the
Commander in Chief of the armed forces. The Supreme Defense
Council commands the armed forces. This body comprises the
President of Yugoslavia, the President of Serbia, the
President of Montenegro, the Yugoslav Defense Minister and
the Yugoslav Army Chief of Staff. Since Montenegro President
Milo Djukanovic is likely to continue boycotting the Supreme
Defense Council, Kostunica is outnumbered 3 to 1 by
Milosevic loyalists.

The United States and the European Union poured hundreds of
millions of dollars into Yugoslavia over the years trying to
oust Slobodan Milosevic. They ended up with no popular,
national hero in the Lech Walesa or Vaclav Havel mould;
rather a not terribly bright, pedantic protégé, one who can
only achieve power by thuggery, media attention, and large
infusions of foreign cash. As ever, the NATO project is
failing. Since last week throughout the country drunken mobs
have been storming the offices of factories, coalmines,
banks and universities and forcing people to resign. Armed
gangs seized the National Bank as well as the Customs'
office. The managers of Yugoslavia's largest gold mine and
smelter were kicked out, as were the managers at Zastava,
the country's giant carmaker. The Director of the Kolubara
coalmining complex was thrown out, as was the Director of
Yugoslav Coal Production.

This lawlessness has not escaped the attention of the
Yugoslav military. Last Sunday Kostunica met the Yugoslav
Army General Staff. At the meeting, according to the Serbian
Ministry of Information, "concern was expressed over certain
events in the country, in post-election period, that are not
in accordance with the Constitution and the laws, and the
position and role of the Yugoslav Army in resolving problems
had also been considered." Sounds like a clear warning to
Kostunica not to engage in mob rule. Zoran Djindjic,
unquestionably the real leader of the Democratic Opposition,
evidently decided that the time had come to try to use the
same bullying tactics with the army. Djindjic began telling
reporters about the need to replace Army Chief of Staff
General Nebojsa Pavkovic with Momcilo Perisic, a former
general sacked by Milosevic in 1998. "We can expect not only
the resignation of the present chief of general staff
Nebojsa Pavkovic, but also a wind of fresh air throughout
the top ranks," Djindjic said. On Wednesday Kostunica went
to army headquarters - a highly revealing act leaving no one
in any doubt as to who really wields power in Yugoslavia.
Following the meeting, the army issued an ominous statement:
"The army leadership drew the President's attention to
possible negative consequences which might result from
increasingly violent attacks on and efforts to discredit
individual Army officers and the Army as an institution of
vital importance to national security and defense."
Kostunica made it clear that Pavkovic was staying on, that
he had never had the slightest intention of replacing him
and that Djindjic does not speak for him. Like Al Gore,
Kostunica is "his own man."

On Monday, the Democratic Opposition was boasting that it
had bullied the Serbian President Milan Milutinovic into
holding elections for the Serbian Parliament in December and
into ceding power to a transitional Government in the
interim. Now, it looks as if there will be no elections
until September of next year, when Parliament's term is due
to end. Members of Milosevic's Socialist Party and those of
Vojislav Seselj's Radical Party walked out of talks earlier
this week on forming a new government in Serbia. They vowed
not to come back until the "end of riots, violence and
lawlessness against the citizens of Serbia." The Radicals
complained of people were being "lynched by mobs belonging
to the illegal regime of the Democratic Opposition."

The response of the Democratic Opposition was to threaten
more violence. Djindjic issued an ultimatum. Either the
Serbian Government sets a date for new elections by Friday
or the Opposition will call its followers out into the
streets. One senior Democratic Opposition official, Cedomir
Jovanovic, warned the Socialists, that they will face
"non-constitutional" pressure. Jovanovic said that the DOS
would ask for the help of people in the streets to force the
Serbian Government into holding early elections and to cede
power to a "transitional government." The "people's patience
is exhausted," said Velimir Ilic, the Mayor of Cacak. "Serbs
are so eager to see changes, and I do not know who…will
protect Socialists if they continue to drag their feet."

Meanwhile, the Democratic Opposition is trying to bring the
Serbian police under its control. Serbia's Interior Minister
resigned this week citing a conflict of interest on account
of having been elected to the Federal Parliament. The media
reported this as a major triumph for Kostunica. No sooner
had they done so, than Serbian Prime Minister Mirko
Marjanovic announced that he was taking over the Interior
Ministry himself and thereby assuming control of the police.

Kostunica wants to ignore elected bodies and to set up
so-called "crisis committees" to run the country. But no one
is buying into the idea. According to Branislav Ivkovic, a
senior figure in Milosevic's Party, the "government [of
Serbia] will…ignore all the decisions of the so-called
'crisis committees'." In addition, all managers of state
companies dismissed by the Democratic Opposition will be
reinstated. The Serbian Government, he explains, "was
elected on a four-year mandate, and it is the only one which
can make legal decisions."

This week Zoran Djindjic announced that the new Federal
Prime Minister would be G17 Plus Chief Executive Miroljub
Labus. Djindjic has long been an advocate of putting
Yugoslavia into the receivership of the IMF. G17 Plus drew
up the Democratic Opposition's economic program, with all
its promises to abide by IMF demands. Apparently this was
all news to Kostunica. He announced that he had promised the
job of Prime Minister to a member of Montenegro's Socialist
People's Party, which is aligned with Milosevic. The
Socialist People's Party has, however, rejected the notion
of establishing a "government of experts" in the interim.
Kostunica intends to travel to Montenegro on Friday to meet
local party leaders as well as Milo Djukanovic. Note that
once again it is Kostunica who has to do the traveling and
the paying of respects, not the politicians of Montenegro.

Kostunica continues on his clueless and sycophantic way.
"The United States has done too much meddling in our
internal affairs," he says in the Times interview as if he
were still running for office, "Now it's meddling less than
usual, so this will have a positive influence." "Less than
usual"? The United States manipulated an election, and
engineered his seizure of power. What does he mean by
"usual"? On improving relations with the United States, the
Times says: "If re-establishing diplomatic relations is in
his competence as Federal President, he said, he will do it
quickly." An extraordinary statement, first, in its
revelation about Kostunica's lack of knowledge as to what
falls within his competence. Second, in its revelation as to
the kind of "nationalism" espoused by this supposed "Serbian
nationalist." He literally pants to win the approval of the
very power that was bombing his country to smithereens last
year. Third, if even diplomatic relations do not fall within
his competence, what does?

What happened in Yugoslavia was the overthrow of a
legitimate Government by a combination of brute force and US
threats and dollars. The people who have been hoisted into
power are no democrats, but the servants of foreign
interests. They have no power, and their attempts at
circumventing democratic institutions are meeting ferocious
resistance in the country. The media hacks, robbed of their
"fall of the Berlin Wall" and "people power" story are
unable to understand any of this. Convinced that the
Democratic Opposition leaders are the "good guys," and that
the United States is self-evidently on the side of democracy
and freedom, they have only one explanation as to why events
are not following the approved script: the old standby,
"Milosevic is causing mischief." But this is an old story
now, and an increasingly unconvincing one. By stepping down
last week and not resorting to violence, Milosevic may well
have outmaneuvered the Americans once again. The fight for
Yugoslav sovereignty will continue.

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Global Reflexion - Amsterdam - The Netherlands

Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2000 16:14:44 +0200
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Subject: Is the German-Troops-In-Yugoslavia Dispatch Real?


Monday, October 16, 2000

1. Is the German-Troops-In-Yugoslavia Dispatch Real?
2. Do not Weep, Yugoslavia!
3. I Remain Optimistic Because the Only Other Option Is Suicide


The URL for this article is http://emperors-clothes.com/analysis/real.htm

Is the German-Troops-In-Yugoslavia Dispatch Real?

On 10/12 we posted a dispatch from German "AP" in which
German  Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer is quoted as
calling for the German Army  to permanently occupy
Yugoslavia. Several people have raised the  question: are we
sure this dispatch is real? One gentleman wrote:

<< Are they nuts? Is it a fake dispatch? I can see how
Bundeswehr would be "greeted" in Yugoslavia. Joschka
probably thinks the rest of Yugoslavia is like Kosovo. Even
kids would shower them with stones. Will SS and Gestapo
follow? The fellow should be locked up in an asylum. >>

We're not competent to judge whether they're nuts, but the
dispatch is authentic. It does indeed come from 'German AP'.
Here's what happened  and how we checked the authenticity:

1) A reader in Germany wrote us wondering why no Website
critical of  NATO had posted an 'AP' dispatch he'd found on
the German language  Yahoo Website. (Some people have
written us that "AP doesn't have a  German Website." Perhaps
not, but 'AP' does have a German language service which
issues dispatches and Yahoo does post these dispatches on
its German language Website.)

The German reader translated part of the dispatch into

It was amazing. Could German Foreign Minister Fischer
actually have said he wants to permanently station the
German Army in Yugoslavia? Could he, a leader of the country
has been trying to destroy Yugoslavia for a hundred years,
and which committed and supported the worst atrocities in
Yugoslavia during World War II - could he really have said
that Yugoslavs need to learn democratic culture in order to
relate to Germany? Was he aware that, when the Germans set
up a puppet regime in Belgrade during World War II and
demanded that the quislings round up the Jews, the quislings
refused? Does Fischer know that the German commander then
responded that the Serbs had "low culture"?

        Could Fischer have actually said these things?

It did not seem unlikely that the German Foreign Ministry
would want to permanently station troops in Yugoslavia. But
could Fischer have been so reckless as to admit it publicly?

None of us at Emperor's Clothes were personally acquainted
with the reader who sent us the email. We decided to
investigate thoroughly before posting:

1) First we went to http://de.news.yahoo.com/4/ . That's the
German Yahoo site where the reader said he found the
article. Scrolling down to the phrase "Nachrichten suchen"
which means "news search" , we typed in "Fischer will
Jugoslawien mit Bundeswehr helfen" (Fischer wants German
Army to help Yugoslavia) We clicked the usual button and
were taken to the web address
"http://de.news.yahoo.com/001011/12/14aun.html" This URL had
the right title, ("Fischer will Jugoslawien mit Bundeswehr
helfen"), but when we clicked on it we got the message
"Seite nicht gefunden" or "Website not found". So the
article had been there but now it was gone...

Curious. And also curious that the other links on the page
worked fine. (Note: In case the link were to be removed
entirely, we have made copies of the entire web page; if it
is still there when you check you might want to do

So now we knew the 'AP' dispatch existed but we couldn't be
sure our German reader had sent us an accurate text. We
contacted a writer for Emperor's Clothes who works for a
German outfit that subscribes to 'German AP'. He found the
dispatch. He did an impromptu phone translation. His
translation matched what the German reader had sent us
almost word for word and the meaning was identical. So now
we had the actual dispatch, just as it been sent out by
'German AP'. That dispatch is posted at the end of this

 Was the Fischer Story Suppressed? And Why?

 This 'AP' dispatch is big news.

We subscribe to Lexis Nexis. It allows us to instantly scan
thousands of English language and non-English language
newspapers, TV news programs and wire services (not
including 'German AP') We went to Lexis and typed in:
Fischer and Bundeswehr or "German army" and Yugoslavia.
There were no entries. Had no newspaper, TV news program, or
wire service in the Western world picked up this highly
newsworthy story?

We called people in Germany. None of them had seen the
Fischer story in the German media.

'AP-Germany' is a self-contained entity but of course it is
read by people from newspapers and news services around the

Why hasn't this sensational story been reported?

The only explanation we can think of is: it was suppressed.

Perhaps Fischer revealed a plan he was not supposed to
reveal, a plan for German troops to be sent into Yugoslavia
in the event that certain forces succeed in creating such
instability and chaos that "a firm hand is needed." Perhaps
after Fischer blabbed and 'German AP' erred by reporting his
speech there was a hasty effort at damage control. This
would explain the dispatch first being posted at German
Yahoo and then apparently being pulled and it would explain
the fact that newspapers and TV stations failed to report
Fischer's remarks.

Taken alongside a slew of highly provocative and
destabilizing actions by the Djindjic and Kostunica forces
in Yugoslavia, this statement by Fischer, and the apparent
suppression of the news reporting that he made this
statement, are ominous.

Below is the exact text of the 'German AP' dispatch followed
by the English translation.

 German Text

The top part of the 'AP' dispatch gives the date and
identifies the dispatch as coming from 'AP'. Following that
the comes the category, "Bundestag/Jugoslawien/Fischer",
which means "Parliament/Yugoslavia/Fischer" and then the
headline. The text is the same as the English, which

 11.10. 17:29 ap 4 


 Fischer will Jugoslawien mit Bundeswehr helfen 

 Utl: Demokratie als Voraussetzung für dauerhaften Frieden 

Berlin (AP) Bundesaußenminister Joschka Fischer hat sich am
Mittwoch im Bundestag dafür ausgesprochen, sich in
Jugoslawien nicht nur materiell zu engagieren, sondern
dauerhaft mit der Bundeswehr und mit zivilen Kräften vor Ort
zu sein. Es biete sich nun die Chance, eine Demokratie in
einem sich einigenden Europa zu schaffen. Das
wiedervereinigte Deutschland habe eine besondere
Verantwortung dazu beizutragen, dass sich die Demokratie in
Serbien konsolidiere.

Demokratie sei Voraussetzung für einen dauerhaften Frieden
auf dem Balkan.

Es sei richtig gewesen, der großserbischen Politik des
jugoslawischen Präsidenten Slobodan Milosevic Einhalt zu
gebieten und sich auf Seiten der demokratischen Opposition
zu engagieren, sagte Fischer. Das blutige Morden auf dem
Balkan könne nun ein Ende

haben. Der Stabilitätspakt müsse dafür eingesetzt werden,
sich unter anderem an der Räumung der Donau zu beteiligen.
Zudem solle eine demokratische Kultur aufgebaut werden, um
die Beziehungen zwischen Deutschland und Serbien zu
normalisieren. Erste Schritte seien durch die Aufhebung des
Öl- und Flugembargos durch die EU gemacht worden.

So könne Serbien auf dem Weg nach Europa begleitet werden.
Nach den Worten Fischers müssen diejenigen zur Rechenschaft
gezogen werden, die schwerste Schuld auf sich geladen haben.
Vorrang habe zunächst jedoch, dass die demokratischen
Veränderungen friedlich durchgesetzt würden und sich
Gerechtigkeit durchsetze. Der westliche Balkan sei Teil
einer europäischen Gesamtverantwortung.



 111728 okt 00 

 English translation

 Fischer wants German Army to help Yugoslavia.

 (Berlin), AP, Oct. 11, 2000 

German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, addressing
Parliament on Wednesday, expressed his opinion that Germany
should not only provide material help to Yugoslavia but that
the Bundeswehr [the German Army] and non-military
organizations should establish a permanent presence there.
He declared that this was a unique chance to create a
democracy in the context of further European unification.

Reunited Germany has a special responsibility for
stabilizing democracy in Serbia. Democracy, said Mr.
Fischer, is the basis for a lasting peace in the Balkans.
But the priority is for the moment that the democratic
changes be carried out peacefully and that justice prevail.
The Western Balkans is a part of the European comprehensive

It was truly correct at the time to stop Slobodan
Milosevich's policy of Greater Serbia and to engage oneself
on the side of the democratic opposition, says Joschka
Fischer. Now the bloody murdering in the Balkans can be
stopped. The Stability Pact has to be used, among other
things, for the clearing of the Danube. Also democratic
culture has to be built up [in Serbia] to make possible the
normalization of relations between Germany and Serbia. The
first steps have been taken through the lifting of the oil
and the flight embargoes by the European Union. Now Serbia
can be accompanied on its route toward Europe. In the words
of Fischer, all those who have made themselves guilty of
grave crimes have to be brought to justice.

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