BELGRADE, Nov 27, 1999 -- (Reuters) Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic on Friday accused the NATO military alliance of seeking to install "Nazism" in the southern Serbian province of Kosovo, now under de facto international rule.
Milosevic said during a ceremony handing out decorations to senior army officers that Yugoslavia would "fight against the Nazism which the NATO countries are trying to introduce in Kosovo in cooperation with ethnic Albanian terrorists".
His remarks were broadcast on state television.
"We will fight for a Kosovo in which peoples and individuals would enjoy equality," Milosevic said.
"I am certain that the civilized values for which we are fighting will win over the dictate of force and darkness," he said.
The decorations were presented to army officers and other individuals for their part in the Kosovo conflict.
The Western military alliance launched 78 days of air strikes in March to halt Belgrade's repression of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. The air war came to an end after Milosevic agreed to withdraw his forces from the Serbian province.
The withdrawal has been followed by Albanian attacks against ethnic Serbs in the province in revenge for Serbian "ethnic cleansing".
Some 230,000 Serbs and other non-Albanians have fled Kosovo over the past few months, according to local authorities.
"The war that we waged was the most uneven war ever," Milosevic said. "This war was so uneven that the enemy did not even take into account the possibility that we could defend ourselves."
"We defended ourselves through the unity of our heroic people, with the ability, courage, persistence, and great efforts of our army and police that you were in charge of," he said at the ceremony.
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