International War Supervenes

The Independent International Commission on Kosovo

in The Kosovo Report

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780199243099
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599538 | DOI:
International War Supervenes

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Discusses the aims and the conduct of the NATO bombing campaign against the Yugoslavia; the refugee crisis and civilian casualties of the campaign; and the diplomatic events leading to the final peace agreement. The chapter argues that the NATO campaign did not itself provoke Serbian military's attacks on Kosovo civilians, but that the intervention and the removal of ground monitors may have created an internal environment that made Belgrade government's cleansing operation feasible. The chapter concludes that the intervention failed to achieve its avowed aim of preventing massive ethnic cleansing, that the Kosovar Albanian population had to endure tremendous suffering before finally achieving their freedom and that Milosevic remained in power, however, as an indicted war criminal.

Keywords: bombing; civilian casualties; ethnic cleansing; Milosevic; monitors; NATO; peace agreement; refugee crisis; Serbia; war crimes

Chapter.  4165 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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