PRAGUE, Nov 11 (CTK) - The situation in the south Serbian province of Kosovo is critical and must be solved very carefully, former U.S. president Bill Clinton said at the conference of the Club of Madrid in Prague today.
Clinton said that he has always supported the freedom of Kosovo.
He said that it is necessary to maintain two things in the province - the peace and respect for legitimate rights of the citizens, including the minorities.
He said that what the Serbs did to Kosovar Albanians was horrible but that the Albanians should not do the same in revenge.
Clinton was U.S. president from 1993 to 2001. Under his presidency, the Allies headed by the USA waged a war against former Yugoslavia in 1999 that resulted in the departure of Yugoslav troops from Kosovo which has now been under the administration of the United Nations.
Clinton said that mutual respect is necessary also in other parts of the world, for example between Christians and Muslims. Turkey should definitely join the EU because of this to become a defence wall against Islamic fundamentalism and terror, he added.
The Club of Madrid was established by former heads of state and government in Madrid in October 2001 at the end of an international conference on the transition to democracy. The present conference is its first event held outside of Spain.