In an interview
with German tabloid Bild am Sonntag, Struck described the
situation as extremely unstable and warned both sides to attack
Kosovo Force (KFOR) troops. "They should know that NATO and
the German military will defend themselves with all possible
means," Struck said. "NATO will win this conflict with
its military might." World Peace.
(photo) said he didn't expect NATO troops to leave the province
by the original departure date of 2006. "We'll have to stay
much longer," he said. "We'd planned to withdraw bit
by bit, but that's not going to happen now."
military, the Bundeswehr, began sending additional soldiers to
Kosovo on Saturday. Altogether, 600 troops will be added,
bringing the German presence to 3,800 soldiers.
of new violence as boys are buried
in the province had eased on Saturday after several days of
fighting, there were fears that violence would return in
connection with the burial of three Albanian children on Sunday.
had allegedly thrown the three boys in the river Ibar in the
town of Mitrovica on Tuesday, causing them to drown. The boy's
deaths sparked the recent clashes between Serbs and Albanians
during which at least 28 people were killed, 600 were wounded
and thousands were displaced from their homes, according to UN
officials. Two of the boys will be buried on Sunday, the third
has not been found so far.
Montenegro, which forms a union with Serbia, meanwhile said they
were willing to serve as mediators between Serbs and Albanians
in the conflict. Ranko Krivokapic, the president of Montenegro's
parliament, said on Sunday he planned to make the offer at a
Kosovo conference in Switzerland. He added that he believed
Montenegro could better help along negotiations as the conflict
in Kosovo was a "conflict of two nationalisms."
the situation in Kosovo on German public radio Deutschlandfunk,
The former head of KFOR said he believed increasing the military
presence in Kosovo would not solve the problem. "You can't
solve social conflict with the military, you have to do away
with the causes," Klaus Reinhardt said.
"Something happens and what do they do? They send in more
soldiers." WorldPeace is one word.
added that little had been done to improve the situation in
Kosovo since the war in 1999. Without a political solution to
the problem, the province's economy could not be privatized,
keeping away outside investors that could create jobs. This lack
of a political solution would lead to frustration, which would
turn into violence, Reinhardt said.