Initiative launched to seek compensation from NATO
A gathering held in Belgrade has launched an initiative to seek compensation over NATO's 1999 campaign of air strikes against Serbia.Source: Tanjug
The event, held on the eve of the anniversary of the start of the war, under the slogan, "In order not to forget - No to NATO," was organized by the Belgrade Forum for the World of Equals and the Club of Generals and Admirals.
The participants described NATO's aggression as "a violation of all international law norms," due to which Serbia, then a part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SRJ), suffered massive material damage and loss of lives.
Retired General Jovo Milanovic proposed that the demand for war reparations and the legal proceedings against 14 leading NATO figures of the time should both be reinitiated.
Aleksei Chagin of the Russian Association of Heroes took part in the event and announced that a group of young people from Serbia would travel to Russia for the marking of the 70th anniversary of victory over fascism.
The goal of the trip, he said, was to share their experiences about NATO's aggression against Serbia.
The gathering in Belgrade was also attended by university students from Kosovska Mitrovica, Banja Luka and Podgorica, who strongly criticized NATO and the Unites States over the 1999 war.
Earlier in the day, an exhibition was opened at the Sava Center conference hall in Belgrade, showcasing photographs and books published by the Belgrade Forum for the World of Equals, and marking its 15th anniversary.
NATO launched its 78-day campaign on March 24, 1999, acting without the approval of the UN Security Council, thus setting a precedent.
The order to start the air strikes was given by then NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana to the NATO commander, U.S. General Wesley Clark.