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Yugoslavia / Kosovo / NATO Bombing / Captured Soldiers / Brzezinski Interview #429954

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Apr 01, 1999
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(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.

(Belgrade: Brent Sadler) The capture of three American soldiers along the Serbia-Macedonia border featured; scenes shown from Serb television of the servicemen, of the meeting of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic with Albanian leader Ibrahim Rugova in Belgrade, of a downed bridge in Yugoslavia and of anti-NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) demonstrations.

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.

(White House: John King) The view from the White House on the capture of Army infantrymen featured; details given of the administration counterattack to critics saying NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) overestimated the air strikes. [With military personnel and families, President CLINTON - gives warning to Milosevic about the fate of the captured men; says the objective is to give Kosovars self-government and punish Milosevic for his policy of repression.] [Secretary of Defense William COHEN - defends policy.]

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.

(Washington: Jonathan Aiken) The question of whether there were missed signals about Milosevic's plans for ethnic cleansing of Kosovar Albanians examined. [Retired Army Lieutenant General William ODOM - offers analysis.] [March 24, CLINTON - admits Serbia's defenses are strong.]

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: David Ensor) The question of how far NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) will go to punish Milosevic examined; details given of the alternative of ground troops. [COHEN - says the goal is to damage Serb forces.] [Military ANALYST - says what was done in Kuwait needs to be done in Kosovo.] [Military analyst John HILLEN - says 30-50,000 NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) troops would be needed.] [Balkan expert Dusko DODER - suggests an end to bombing and a move to remove Milosevic from power.]

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Interview held with former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski about the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) operation in Kosovo. [BRZEZINSKI - suggests the media is being impatient; says the use of ground troops cannot be excluded; suggests that since Milosevic will announce he will accept the Rambouillet conditions now that Albanian Kosovars have left the allies should state that the peace conditions have changed; analyzes the support for the use of ground troops.]

Reporter(s):
Aiken, Jonathan;
Ensor, David;
King, John;
Sadler, Brent;
Woodruff, Judy
Duration:
00:13:40

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