|Italian General doubits Serbs shelled Markale|
|понедељак, 19 јун 2017 13:03|
BELGRADE, June 18 /SRNA/ - The retired Italian NATO general and military diplomat Biagio Di Grazia doubts official interpretations of the event at Markale purporting that the Sarajevo market was shelled by the Serbs and that the Serbs massacred the Albanians in Racak in Kosovo.
Di Grazia, who conducted an investigation into the Markale shelling, says he doubt the Serbs would have shelled a marketplace only a few steps away from an Orthodox church.
He told the Belgrade-based Politika daily that he had sent the relevant report to the European Community Monitoring Mission /ECMM/ headquarters and that they were not interested and that nothing happened.
Di Grazia says his report on the events at Markale saw the similar fate of a memo of his Italian colleague about Racak.
Saying that at first he did not believe the Serb explanation of Racak, Di Grazia added that a few days after the events in Racak he met a colleague, an Italian officer who was an OSCE observer at the time, who told him that the event was not what it was portrayed on television.
According to him, the colleague was the first to arrive to the scene and did not see the scenes that were later reported on by the media.
“He sent a report to Head of the OSCE Mission /William Walker/ but nothing happened,” recounted Di Grazia.
The retired general is convinced that Kosovo Albanians were happy when the event in Racak occurred and that, if it hadn’t, they would “definitely have made it up at some point.”
Di Grazia asserts that a number of Islamic militants come from Kosovo and Metohija as well as from Bosnia and Herzegovina and that the state borders of Kosovo and BiH are nonsense, unlike the borders of Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro, which he says are stable and good.
He said that air strikes on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was NATO’s experimental war and compared it to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki.
“If the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima can to an extent be perceived as a military operation, then the next one, which was dropped on Nagasaki at the point when Japan was accepting capitulation marked the beginning of the Cold War and was a message of sorts from the United States to the Soviet Union,” assessed Di Grazia.
In his opinion, during the bombing of the former Yugoslavia, NATO used the opportunity for combat aviation exercises, with an irreconcilable disproportion between the attacker and the attacked.
Commenting on his qualification of the bombing of the Chinese Embassy as the West’s warning to China at the time, Di Grazia said it was his personal conclusion and that the entire campaign of air strikes on FR Yugoslavia was a warning to a weakened Russia.
“The air strikes on Serbia sent a message to Russia about who the winner of the Cold War was. None of it was Serbia’s fault; it did everything it could but international circumstances were such that Russia was weak,” Di Grazia emphasised.
Di Grazia underlined that the situation today is much more different and that no one is considering bombing North Korea over its nuclear weapons or the fact that it is supported by China, the country that has grown stronger since.