President Milosevic replies to
Ministers Cook, Vedrine
Belgrade, Mar 22 (Tanjug) - President of the
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan
Milosevic has addressed a letter to French and
British Foreign Ministers Hubert Vedrine and Robin Cook, Co-Chairmen
of the Rambouillet meeting, in reply to their message. The following is the
text of President Milosevic's reply (official translation):
March 23, 1999
This is my reply to the message you have sent me.
The talks in Paris, which you called adjourned, did not take place at all.
The delegation of the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the
representatives of the Albanian separatist and terrorist movement never
met to talk.
As concerns the signed "agreement", two documents were signed in Paris.
One of the documents was signed by the representatives of all national
communities from Kosovo, and these are the representatives of Kosovo.
The other documents was signed by the representatives of the Albanian
separatist and terrorist movement, and they, of course, are not the
representatives of Kosovo.
That other document, which you call the Rambouillet Agreement,
however, is not the Rambouillet Agreement. For neither in Rambouillet,
nor in Paris, people who came to negotiate, did not negotiate. There were
no talks between them, therefore there could be no common document to
be accepted or rejected.
Otherwise, the text you call the Rambouillet Agreement, was published in
the Kosovo press (the Albanian newspaper "Koha Ditore") before the
start of the Rambouillet talks.
Belgrade is tolerant, but not stupid. Thanks to the stupidity of someone
else, the document which should have been the result of the talks which
were still to take place, was published.
Of course, we have nothing against preparing a draft document before the
start of the talks. But we are strongly against not having talks at all, and
being asked to sign something which could eventually be a draft
agreement as an agreement, never meeting those with whom we should
Therefore, my reply to your sentence "the agreement is on the table", is
the following: Only a draft agreement could be at the table. But an empty
table does not bring about an agreement. Nor can an agreement be
reached if only one side of the table is filled. Those concerned with the
agreement must sit at the table.
Regarding your threats with NATO military intervention, your peoples
should be ashamed of them, for you prepare yourselves to use force
against a small European nation, just because it protects its territory from
separatism, protects its citizens from terrorism, and its historical dignity
against rats who know nothing about history or dignity.
You say that large movements of our security forces are a matter of great
concern. If you think they are a matter of concern for the separatists who
would like to take away a part of the territory of Serbia and Yugoslavia,
they, of course, should be concerned. If you have in mind some possible
aggressors outside Yugoslavia, this should be a matter of concern for
Is it really possible for a normal person to think that somebody who is
being threatened will not show the intention to defend himself.
You are, Gentlemen, Ministers of Foreign Affairs of two European
countries, and as such you are distinguished diplomats. In such a capacity,
you have the right to mediate, to negotiate, to advocate goodwill, to strive
for peace in Europe, for better relations among nations. But you do not
have the right to threaten other countries and their citizens, nor to arrange
life in other countries.
We stay with our strong option to solve the problems in Kosovo and
Metohija by peaceful means, through negotiations. The fact that
negotiations did not take place in Rambouillet and in Paris does not mean
that we should give up negotiations. At least from our peaceful and