International Policy
[The HR-Net Forum]

    HR-Net Home
    Latest News
    News Archive
    Interesting Nodes
    Web Pages
    Mirrored Sites

    News Searches
    What's New
    Using Greek
    Usage Statistics

Statement regarding NATO campaign in Yugoslavia

By John Sitilides <>,
Executive Director, The Western Policy Center1

Washington, D.C.
Thursday, March 25 1999

"There is considerable concern over the precise objectives of the military campaign. Milosevic's survival, if accomplished, may set back U.S. and NATO credibility on the eve of the alliance's 50th anniversary summit.

"Greece is attempting to balance its alliance obligations and its regional interests. Opening Thessaloniki to thousands of NATO troops who may serve as peacekeepers in Kosovo is part of Greece's responsibility to the NATO alliance. Maintaining ties to Belgrade, by refraining from the current attacks against Yugoslav targets and Serbian forces, helps preserve Greece's longstanding preeminence in the Balkans.

"President Clinton's repeatedly stated concerns about the impact of this campaign on our NATO ally Greece, and his reaffirmed commitment to resolving Greek-Turkish problems as one of three requirements for European security, offers Greece a valuable opportunity. Prime Minister Simitis' meeting with President Clinton in Washington next month can promote a stronger American commitment to pursuing these shared objectives."

1[The Western Policy Center is a public policy corporation promoting U.S. geostrategic interests and Western institutions in southeastern Europe by strengthening the debate on American foreign policy toward NATO allies Greece and Turkey, and toward Cyprus. Based in California since 1994, the Center opened new offices in Washington, D.C. in February 1998.]