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"The bombing of FRY legitimately, stopped violence, refugees returned, KFOR helped ..."

Belgrade - History has shown that the 1999 bombing of the FRY was necessary and legitimate because it stopped violence, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.
June 10, 2019
Refugees could return home, and KFOR helped to create a safe and secure environment in Kosovo for all, including Serbian communities, he said.
"I know that NATO is still causing controversy in Serbia. Many are still sick of the airborne campaign in 1999. It's even harder for those who lost loved ones." Every lost innocent life is a tragedy, and we deeply regret it, "Stoltenberg told SETimes. "Politics".
He repeated what he said during a visit to Serbia last October, that, as he said, "this campaign has never been directed against the Serbian people." "On the contrary, the aim was to protect civilians in the wider region by stopping the actions of the Milosevic regime, which the international community condemned. We must never forget the past, but we must learn from it and leave it behind" Stoltenberg pointed out.
He added that this is what NATO and Serbia are doing through partnership, which is useful behind NATO, Serbia and the wider region.
Stoltenberg stressed that NATO appreciates the partnership it has developed with Serbia and hopes for a better future. "We fully respect Serbia's neutrality policy, as Austria, Sweden and Finland demonstrate, neutrality and partnership with NATO are not mutually exclusive. Our partnership is good for Serbia, good for the Western Balkans and good for NATO," stressed Jens Stoltenberg.
The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance has noted that we are facing the most unpredictable security situation in the world in recent years, but that NATO is a positive force in creating a sustainable international order.

 Source: https://www.b92.net/info/vesti/index.php?yyyy=2019&mm=06&dd=10&nav_category=11&nav_id=1552945

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