Thursday, May 25, 2006

EU GEN Kosovo Iraq Clark

PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro (AP) - Retired U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark called Thursday for transition of authority in Iraq during the course of this year and said that the United States should soon begin the process of withdrawing the U.S. soldiers.

Clark, a four-star general who served as the supreme commander of NATO in 1997-2000 and unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004, said the fledging Iraqi government must take charge and be given the means to address the security in the country.

"It's necessary ... to make this year a year of transition in Iraq," Clark told The Associated Press in an interview during his visit to Kosovo. "The Iraqi government must take charge."

He said that ministers of interior, defense and national security should be appointed, but also said that a lot of help is needed from the international community to strengthen the Iraqi government in meeting the needs of the people.

"And then we should begin the process of withdrawing the U.S. soldiers and other coalition soldiers from Iraq," said Clark.

"I do think that there should be no permanent bases there. I think that the United States should soon begin its process of redeployment," he said, adding that he believed there will be "some withdrawals very soon given where we are."

Clark, who was the commanding general in NATO's war in Kosovo in 1999 which halted Serb forces' crackdown on independence-seeking ethnic Albanians, said the issues in Iraq were not military issues, but were associated with economic development and the ability to form a strong government.

Clark is on a three-day visit to Kosovo at the invitation of the province's Prime Minister, Agim Ceku. He is considered a hero by the province's ethnic Albanians who want the province to become independent, but reviled by many Serbs for his role during the bombing campaign.

The U.N. is currently conducting talks aimed at steering ethnic Albanians and Serbian officials toward settling the final status of the province, a home to some 2 million.

Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority wants independence, while Serbs want it to remain part of Serbia.

"I do believe that Kosovo will become an independent state," Clark said, sitting in a the building housing the province's government. The building has been renovated after being heavily damaged during the NATO bombing in 1999.

"I think an independent Kosovo will add to the stability of the region," he said. "It will terminate these long-lasting questions about the status of Kosovo and it will enable people both in Serbia and in Kosovo to focus on really important issues."

19 comments:

srbija said...

"I think an independent Kosovo will add to the stability of the region," he said. "It will terminate these long-lasting questions about the status of Kosovo and it will enable people both in Serbia and in Kosovo to focus on really important issues."

I think Wesley is the one to focus on really important issues for him, which is - to avoid sentence for his crimes....

srbija said...

"I think an independent Kosovo will add to the stability of the region," he said. "It will terminate these long-lasting questions about the status of Kosovo and it will enable people both in Serbia and in Kosovo to focus on really important issues."

I think Wesley is THE ONE to focus on really important issues for him, which is - to avoid sentence for HIS crimes....

dave said...

or maybe even...

I THInk WesLEY is the one TO focus ON really important ISSUES FOr him, WHICH is - to avoid sentence FOR his crIMes....

Almost sounds more convincing doesn't it? Good point srbija. *cough*

Dardania 2006 said...

So he is responsible for slaughter by Serb "security forces" and paramilitaries?

When does retaliation to stop such crimes become a war crime itself? Or will you argue that his in-action to prevent crimes by certain Kosovars is his crime?

If so then you may argue that the whole Serb nation is responsible for war crimes due to their unwillingness to prevent such attrocities upon the nationals of Yugoslavia (who were Croat, Bosniac and Albanian). And at times their support for it.

Serbia will not move forward untill it faces the fact that it is leading in War Criminal production in the past century. Stop pointing fingers ppl.

heku said...

you're getting blind by thinking that you're the victims. He's only an executant. if you've some pain or a thing to say, say it to the whole international community (Russia and China are not part of that community, they do not share the same values) who bombed your asses.

Sacred Dardanicum said...

You Serbs are lucky that there was a man called Michael Jackson and he was under Wesley Clark because if he wasn't in place you could lose more then 80% of Serbian territory only because the actions that Russian army have made entering Kosovo and seizing the airport.

So shut up and don't make any more problems in Balkan because in future you might lose whole territory not only the parts that belongs to us Albanians but up to Sombor.

AlbanianThrough&Through said...

...not only did he kick serbia's arse but he's still doing so and will continue to do so because he is a man that believes in fighting for what is right (fighting the right fight). Simply put, he fights against evil.

Godd goin' Wez!

Mir said...

He is a war criminal because of how he bombed Serbia you idiots. The bombings were purposefully aimed at civilians. If you knew anything or cared to learn, about international law, you would see how many convention (Geneva and others) laws were broken and even charter laws.

"Serbia will not move forward untill it faces the fact that it is leading in War Criminal production in the past century."


erm.... maybe you've never heard of Japan or Germany. Or maybe you dont know how long a century is.

Cvijus011 said...

"international community (Russia and China are not part of that community, they do not share the same values)"

Knock knock heku, who is also a member of the Security Council? Is it maybe Russia and China? Who is also a member of the Contact Group? Is it maybe Russia and China?

I know that you albos have inferiority complexes of not being in the world elite, but don't suck up to them that much. Just for an example: If the International community tells you that you're complete morrons, would you agree with that?

As Clark is concerned, the opinion of an retired, politically inactive general has for me the same value as of a granpas in the market. None. I know that Clark wants to be the new president, but until and if he reaches that level he's statements are of less value.

As fas his role in bombing FRY, I keep wondering what is the strategic importance of the Nis city centre, Belgrade hospitals, Trains, Busses and columns of Albanian returnees. Not even to mention residential areas in Aleksinac and the Rakovica monastery.

AlbanianThrough&Through said...

alright...you got us...ok, we admit it, Wesley Clarke is Albanian. Damn it you guys are just too smart...we just can't keep anything from you guys. Nobody's gonna pull the wool over your eyes.

Cvijus011 said...

then why did Clark (or maybe Clarkiqi) bomb a albanian convoy? It doesn't make any sense.

NYoutlawyer said...

Why did clarke stick his fucking nose into Serbian affairs in the first place? Was it to present himself, along with that hillbilly fool clintoris, as some kind of big western humanitarian saviors?

The killing of innocent civilians will haunt them for eternity.

srbija said...

>>>Serbia will not move forward untill it faces the fact that it is leading in War Criminal production in the past century. Stop pointing fingers ppl.<<<

oo no,no,no, you guys will not catch me on that... I don't fall for "serbian responsibility"... sorry... That's enough of the story that it's all Serbian fault, and I think you are getting more and more concerned and nervous about your independence; with every day that passes it's less and less chance you get it... And that's because people of the world start to see the real truth (which is on Serbs side)
I think one of these days you'll lose your patience in Wien's negotiations... hehe, and I just can't wait that day :))

DimTuc said...

At 10:26 AM, Cvijus011 said...

"As fas his role in bombing FRY, I keep wondering what is the strategic importance of the Nis city centre, Belgrade hospitals, Trains, Busses and columns of Albanian returnees. Not even to mention residential areas in Aleksinac and the Rakovica monastery."

Though I completely support kosovar independence, with appropriate rights for minorities, I agree with what Cvijus writes here. What 'strategic value' indeed? And of course, while NATO was busy bombing all the bridges over the danube about 400 miles away from Kosova, bombing Novi Sad and even Subotica where most people opposed Milosevic for years, the Serbian tanks had a free day. None were hit in the first 2 weeks when most Albanians were expelled, and only 13 were hit during the whole war.

I feel it is rather sad that the way things actually turned out in the Balkans has led so many Albanians to not be able to see what a cynical use of power this vicious bombing campaign was, the victims of which were thousands of innocent people, Serb and Albanian alike.

No doubt some of the Albanians here are savvy enough to understand that US policy then (as always) was not motivated by concern for human rights and democracy (some on this list, amazingly, appear to fall for that claptrap), but they think that since they were tired of being brutally oppressed, if US power interests happened to coincide at that point in time with their interests, why not go along with it. And I have a lot of sympathy for that view, and little sympathy for those Serbs who can't see their own leadership's responsibility in bringing on this disaster.

However, it still makes no sense. Kosova has been under occupation for 7 years and nothing much has been resolved. I find it hard to believe that you think you would not have achieved at least the current situation with your own efforts on the ground, with far less bloodshed and catastrophe for all involved, especially Albanians. It was only the atmosphere of bombing that allowed Milosevic to try to expel the whole population. Did you need to have 10,000 killed and 800,000 expelled, while innocent Serbs were being bombed 100's of miles away, just for the current result?

Segas said...

To civijus and srbija

wake up and smell the coffee you morons...serbia is nothing but a pashalluk of belgrade... stop with all the pointless bragging about serbia like its being some suoerpower! i got one simple quetion for you loser! is there a time in life when serbia actually won a fight? hehehehehehe hahahahahah...the answer NEVER... the bottom line is Kosova is independent.....

srbija said...

to segas

>>>i got one simple quetion for you loser! is there a time in life when serbia actually won a fight? hehehehehehe hahahahahah...the answer NEVER...<<<

really hahahahahaha to your ignorance... As we kicked Turkish and German arses, we will kick yours, too... I'm looking forward to that day :)

Segas said...

to serbija

is that what milosevic told you? like you beat turk and german arse! hahahaha... dont forget he also told you that serbia will be what yugoslavia was size wise! but it aint anymore! it never was...as far as kicking turkish ass! i wish you did.. albanians dont like the turks either we would probably help you on that. but as far as you kicking albanian ass the closest will be is in your dreams...who is kicking whose ass now you moron...we are kicking serbs filthy disguasting ass every single day and we will keep on doing that forever until there is no serbs left in the the so called balkan area...we will send you back to where you came from and that is from some backward russian gypsie places...one more thing dont lie to your self you never kicked german ass...they bitchslapped you loser....
dont bother anymore

srbija said...

to segas

I am on much higher intellectual level to bother with you anymore....

Segas said...

to servia

you are nothing but one pathetic typical servian loser...when are you servs going to stop thinking that the whole world revolves around you? you see your intellectual level is that of some bumm in the slums of istanbul and belgrade. you dumb ass fuck! this pointless bragging have brought your country servia in the brink of collapse and still you dont get it...just stop bragging there is nothing you have to bragg about! besides killing, raping, looting and every other bad word in the dictionary that one can think of, you have done to 24 million peopole in this area on topo of that there are close to half a million people dead and as much wounded and displaced. this list includes your servius people as well... caused by you greedy monsters