Martin Olav Sabo's Reply

I received the following letter dated 20. May, 1999 from Congressman Sabo in response to my Letter to my representatives about Kosovo.

Dear Mr. Polaschek:

Thank you for contacting me in opposition to U.S. military actions in Kosovo. I appreciate hearing from you.

A conflict in Serbia's Kosovo province between Serb security forces and Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) guerilla killed over 2,000 people and drove nearly 400,000 people from their homes from February 1998 to mid-March 1999. After Serbia refused to sign an international peace plan and continued violent attacks against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, NATO began air strikes against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia on March 24, 1999. Yugoslavia responded to these air strikes by accelerating an apparently well-planned, massive ethnic cleansing campaign that has forced over 700,000 Kosovar Albanians into other countries and has displaced hundreds of thousands more within Kosovo.

NATO has insisted that air strikes will continue until Yugoslavia withdraws its military, police and paramilitary forces from Kosovo, agrees to allow Kosovar refugees to return home, and accepts the deployment of an international military presence in Kosovo to assure their safety. On May 6, foreign ministers of the G-8 industrial states (the United States, Japan, Germany, Britain, France, Italy, Canada and Russia) agreed to a framework peace plan for Kosovo that incorporates similar principles and would involve the United Nations. Yugoslavia has indicated some interest in the plan, but insists that NATO must first stop the bombing. NATO on the other hand, is demanding that the Serbs must first stop their attacks against ethnic Albanians.

It is my hope that this conflict will soon end on a basis that allows the Kosovar refugees to return home and promotes security in the Balkan region. Thank you again for contacting me.

Sincerely,

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Martin Olav Sabo
Member of Congress

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