US and Britain back easing ban on flights to YUParis, Thursday, February 10, 2000
WASHINGTON - The United States and Britain suggested Wednesday lifting the ban on flights into Yugoslavia as part of a package that would also tighten other forms of sanctions which are aimed at the Belgrade government.
''We are prepared to consider support for a temporary suspension of the ban on flights by European carriers into Yugoslavia,'' U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said at a joint news conference with the British foreign secretary, Robin Cook. ''But only if this step is taken along with other measures to strengthen, expand and focus those sanctions that most effectively target the regime and its supporters.''
Mrs. Albright said the suspension would be, in effect, a reward to the once-fractured Serbian opposition that has recently made strides toward forming a united front.