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Saturday, August 29, 1998 Published at 19:44 GMT 20:44 UK


Yugoslavs condemn "Nazi-style" killings of Serbs in Kosovo

The Yugoslav Foreign Ministry on Saturday 29th August condemned the alleged killing of Serb civilians and the burning of the bodies by the separatist Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) as " Nazi-style" crimes.

Its statement said two members of the KLA had confessed to this crime at the captured KLA base at Klecka.

The Foreign Ministry accused the intentional community of " double standards" over the violence in Kosovo, and called for " strong and unequivocal condemnation of terrorist gangs in Kosovo" .

The text of the Foreign Ministry statement, as carried by the Yugoslav state news agency Tanjug on 29th August, follows: Competent bodies of the Republic of Serbia have confirmed that terrorists in the stronghold Klecka have in a perfidious and brutal manner killed 22 kidnapped citizens of Serbian nationality.

In order to conceal the traces of their crimes, the terrorists have used a furnace for making lime to burn the bodies of the killed civilians.

Irrevocable material evidence has been found proving the heinous crime, and two arrested members of the terrorist organization, who directly took part in the killing of civilians, have also testified to it.

This by far the gravest discovered crime of the terrorists carried out according to the Nazi model has exposed them as unscrupulous murders who not only kill, kidnap, rape, burn houses and destroy the property of citizens but who do not hesitate to burn the bodies of their victims, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The Yugoslav government has been drawing the attention of the international community for some time now to the need for a strong and unequivocal condemnation of terrorist gangs in Kosovo-Metohija, to abandon the policy of double standards and for the cutting off all channels and forms of aid from abroad.

A tolerant position of some countries who on their territories permit the activities of the posts, leaders and recruitment centres of terrorists organizations from Kosovo-Metohija, their financing and training, represents an encouragement to terrorism and terrorist crimes and the gravest obstacle to the efforts for pursuing the dialogue and a peaceful political solution.

That is why the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) calls once again on the international community and all countries individually to condemn in the strongest terms this criminal act, and support the legitimate fight against terrorism, using the same criteria and standards as in other cases.

Yugoslavia also calls for the cutting off of all sources of financing, recruitment, training, arming and infiltration of terrorists into the territory of Yugoslavia and demands that the KLA be placed on the list of terrorist organizations.

The FRY makes a clear distinction between its citizens members of the Albanian national minority, as citizens equal in everything, and the insane advocates of the idea of Greater Albania, who represent the greatest danger to peace and stability in the Balkans.

Yugoslavia is confident that only a united and strong position of all countries and international factors towards all forms and protagonists of terrorism will make possible an efficient fight against that universal evil of modern mankind, the statement said.

BBC Monitoring (http://www.monitor.bbc.co.uk), based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.



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