"Does NATO intend to apologize to Serbia"

NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller said in Brussels on Tuesday that KFOR would not withdraw from Kosovo,

Source: Tanjug
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(EPA-EFE, file, illustration purposes)
(EPA-EFE, file, illustration purposes)

She also stressed that the upcoming NATO summit will also speak about the organization's commitment to KFOR's continued mission.

Responding to questions from Serbian journalists about NATO's use of depleted uranium during the bombing of Serbia in 1999, Gottemoeller said that "both NATO and the UN in 2001 conducted thorough scientific studies that have proven that depleted uranium does not have an impact on health."

"I know that there is constant concern about it in Serbia, I think that we have to continue our dialogue and continue to understand this concern, but from our point of view the evidence does not indicate that there are problems," Gottemoeller has been quoted as saying.

Asked if NATO intends to apologize to Serbia for the aggression against the country carried out in 1999, Gottemoeller said that both NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and herself during their visits to Serbia "expressed regret over what had happened."

"But we also want to emphasize to what extent security relations in partnership with NATO contribute to security and stability throughout the region and help increase the benefits for the Serbian public," Gottemoeller said, adding that "they see many benefits from cooperation between NATO and Serbia want it to continue."

However, she said, "there will be no pressure on Serbia to join NATO."

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