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Yugoslavia / Kosovo / NATO Bombing / American Prisoners / Ground Troops / Refugees #186053

ABC Evening News for Friday, Apr 09, 1999
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Belgrade: Morton Dean) The Serb decision not to release the three captured American soldiers because of the ongoing NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) bombing campaign against Belgrade, Yugoslavia, featured; scenes shown of damages in Belgrade and of human-chain protests across Serbia. [Cypriot special envoy Spyros KYPRIANOU - comments.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) The slowdown of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) air strikes due to bad weather featured; B-2 bomber training video shown. [NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) military spokesman Air Commodore David WILBY - comments on the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) mission.] [Pentagon spokesman Ken BACON - indicates signs of opposition to Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Outside NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) headquarters in Brussels: Jackie Judd) The issue of using NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) ground troops in Kosovo examined; scenes shown from Brussels, Belgium; details given of the reasons for the reluctance to consider ground forces. [Senator John McCAIN - says NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) has no plans at all for a ground force contingency.] [NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Secretary General Javier SOLANA - comments.] [Former NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) ambassador Robert HUNTER - says NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) has to show that it can stop the kind of fighting seen in Europe.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statement from Russian President Boris Yeltsin that he will not permit NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) to launch a ground war in Yugoslavia reported.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The concern about Kosovars trapped inside Kosovo noted.

(At the Macedonian border with Kosovo: Jane Clayson) The lost children of the refugee camps separated from their families featured; scenes shown from camp. [WOMAN - talks about the children.] [International Red Cross Francois STAMM - explains the slow process.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Special edition of 20/20 on the refugees and a town meeting of "Nightline" announced.

Clayson, Jane;
Dean, Morton;
Jennings, Peter;
Judd, Jackie;
McWethy, John

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