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Monday, March 29, 1999 Published at 02:07 GMT


World: Europe

Your views on Kosovo



More than 9,000 e-mails and 150 telephone callers from around the world have now given their views on the Nato airstrikes to BBC News Online.

Many of those who have e-mailed the site also took part in a special Talking Point phone-in, in association with BBC World Service.

Roksanda Nincic, a journalist from Belgrade, told the programme: "Do you realise that for nights you have turned Belgrade into a city of cellar people? Children spend their nights in cellars and air raid shelters, shaking with fright from Nato bombs.


Roksanda Nincic: "The action of Nato is despicable"
"What you have done is to create a unity of the Yugoslavian people behind Milosevic which has he has never ever had before.

"You are not targeting Milosevic in any way, you are helping him."

Caroline Lenac, a former resident of Croatia now living in Tennessee, USA, said diplomacy had been tried for 10 years and failed.

Stephen Bakovljev, who has dual Yugoslav and British nationality, and is living in London, said: "Having two passports in my pocket, I have enormously mixed emotions. The two passports are currently shooting at each other, and that's enormously uncomfortable.

"Bombing is clearly illegal, it's wrong," he said.

"Despite anything else which is going on, it boils down to vigilantism of sorts. In this country, people have not yet come to realise that this country is really at war, and sadly if and when body bags start to come home, it will hit home."

Alexander Patterson, a Bosnian Serb studying at the University of Melbourne, Australia, said: "The world make the Security Council of the United Nations the supreme body to make decisions about peace and war in Europe and the world.

"And that's why all the peace-loving people in friendly countries such as Russia and Greece are complaining, because Nato has selectively been making decisions about which country will be protected and which people will be spared."

Verbi Kosumi, an ethnic Albanian living in Malaga, Spain, said he was ringing because no ethnic Albanians living in Kosovo would be able to call.


Verbi Kosumi: "It is always right to bomb criminals"
"The whole of my family is in Pristina," he said.

"Nato is bombing and is right to bomb, because it's bombing military targets, it's bombing criminals. Slobodan Milosevic is a criminal."

Bombing should continue, he said: "If they stop now, the Albanians will be killed."

An e-mail was received from Ivan, from Belgrade, who said: "At this moment at Liberty Square in the heart of Belgrade, there are 150,000 people dancing in the streets at a rock concert 'With Love and Music Against Nato Bombs'.

"The alarm for bombing is still on, but nobody cares. There are both people with young children and old people. Almost everybody has on their jackets and T-shirts little paper circles with a target on them."

Another e-mailer, Milos Milosevic, also from Belgrade, said: "My family name is Milosevic. My nationality is Serbian. I live in Belgrade. Is that enough to suffer from bombing?

"I took part in hundreds of anti-Slobodan Milosevic demonstrations, as well as many of my friends. We are now hiding in shelters.

"What do you think, how will this affect the popularity of western democracy for hundreds of thousands of people here, who were carrying American and British flags during demonstrations last year."



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