Djindjic blames West for catastrophic situation in Kosovo

OSLO, November 26 (Itar-Tass) -- Chairman of the Democratic Party of Serbia Zoran Djindjic has blamed western countries for the crisis situation in Kosovo. "The West and its erroneous policy are responsible for the catastrophic situation in Kosovo," Djindjic said in Oslo on Friday.

He and a large group of Yugoslav politicians are touring the Scandinavian countries at the moment.

"The strategy of the West has been erroneous for ten years. Instead of boycotting the Albanians, the West appeased to them provoking them to use their opportunities to turn into a political force in Yugoslavia," the Yugoslav politician said in an interview with the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.

"The NATO bombardments were the most serious mistake for they allowed Milosevic to wage a total war and persecute the population," Djindjic went on to say.

He does not think that international presence in Kosovo is changing the situation. "The soldiers are stationed in the barracks while the Albanian extremists and mafia gangs are dominating the territory," he said. Djindjic believes that international peacekeepers in Kosovo should focus on the provision of safety to the local population, the creation of conditions for refugees to return to their homes and the establishment of a balance between the majority and minority ethnic groups in the province.

Djindjic thanked Norway for its assistance to Yugoslavia and stressed the need to step up efforts that would lead to the lifting of the EU sanctions, and the resumption of oil deliveries and air flights to Belgrade.

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