YU army chief: accusations against army will be countered with truth

May 30, 2000

(BBC) - The chief of the Yugoslav Army General Staff, Col-Gen Nebojsa Pavkovic, has said that it would be wrong to say that the Montenegrin authorities do not see the Yugoslav Army as theirs. Our expert bodies have had good cooperation with the Montenegrin authorities, particularly at the local level, on the matters within the jurisdiction of the army and the civilian authorities. However, we could not achieve satisfactory cooperation in matters outside both our and the Montenegrin authorities' jurisdiction, Gen Pavkovic said in an interview for [the Belgrade-based paper] `Glas javnosti'.

He added that it was a fact that certain Montenegrin officials were attacking the Yugoslav Army, accusing it of unconstitutional behaviour, political bias and of allowing itself to be used by various individuals. I believe that there are not many people who would believe these accusations, similar or identical to propaganda from abroad. However, we shall not keep silent any more. We shall respond to every attack with arguments and the truth, Gen Pavkovic said, adding that the armed aggression against Yugoslavia was continuing in the form of non-military activities, such as terrorism, in order to gain control of the geo-strategic position of Yugoslavia and achieve global goals.

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