Russian official accuses UN of failing to fulfil Kosovo mission

MOSCOW, Mar 7, 2000 -- (AFP) A high-ranking Russian defense official on Monday accused the United Nations and NATO of failing to fulfil their obligations in Kosovo.

General Leonid Ivashov, in charge of international cooperation at the defense ministry, singled out the head of the UN mission in Kosovo, Bernard Kouchner, for criticism.

His "categorical refusal to work with the Yugoslav government" was one reason for the deterioration of the situation in Kosovo, Ivashov said in a television interview.

The NATO forces, in particular the United States want Kosovo to cede completely from Yugoslavia, regardless of U.N. resolutions to keep it within the rump federation, he added.

The Alliance has taken the role of defending the Kosovo Liberation Army -- the rebel group which has been formally disbanded -- he said.

Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said last Thursday that Moscow would re-examine its participation in KFOR if Yugoslavia's integrity was not guaranteed.

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