Thursday, March 25, 1999 Published at 16:47 GMT
Nato air strikes - the world reacts
BBC News Online highlights world leaders' reactions after Nato hit Yugoslavia with the largest military air attacks in Europe since World War II.
"We've seen innocent people taken from their homes, forced to kneel in the dirt and sprayed by bullets. By acting now, we are upholding our values, protecting our interests and advancing the cause of peace."
"The only right decision was to reject foreign troops on our territory ... We shall defend the country if
it is attacked."
Yugoslav UN Ambassador Vladislav Jovanovic
"It was the last measure to take against Milosevic. He must come to the peace talks and sign the interim agreement."
"Russia is deeply upset by Nato's military action against sovereign Yugoslavia, which is nothing more than open aggression."
"I call once more for an immediate halt to the air strikes and a return to the search for a political solution to the Kosovo problem through peace negotiations."
"We would urge all military actions be brought to a halt,
that peace be given a chance and that the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, a fellow member of the Non-Aligned (Movement), be enabled to resolve its internal issues internally."
"It is indeed tragic that diplomacy has failed but there are times when the use of force may be legitimate in the pursuit of peace."
"Recourse to the use of force is always a defeat for humanity."
"[The strikes were] not aimed at the Serbian people - [and the allies] will do all they can to avoid loss of civilian lives."
"This is about preventing a human catastrophe ... One phone call from Milosevic would be enough [to stop the strikes]"
"We are taking this action for one very simple reason: to damage
Serb forces sufficiently to prevent Milosevic from continuing to perpetuate his vile oppression against innocent Albanian civilians."
"The grotesque breach of human rights in Kosovo which we have seen in recent months can be tolerated no more."
"We had no option other than to take this regrettable action against Milosevic once the Kosovars had signed our peace proposals but the Serbs had defiantly continued their brutal repression."
"People who lived through the 30s and 40s feel a sense of utter shame and disgust that the British Government should be breaking its solemn commitment to the UN and launching air attacks upon Serbia."
"[The air attacks were launched to defend] peace on our soil, peace in Europe."
"Japan understands Nato's use of force as measures that had to
be taken to prevent humanitarian catastrophe."
"History has told us if you sit by and do nothing, you pay a much greater price later on."
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has sent an urgent message to world leaders to support Yugoslavia's "legitimate right to defend its freedom and territorial integrity against a possible aggression."