Balkans: September 27, 2000


On September 26 Britain's Foreign Secretary issued an interesting statement. Foreign Secretary Robin Cook said that the NATO fleet positioned in the Mediterranean Sea not far from Yugoslavia was not there "to send anyone a message." Well, of course it is. NATO combat power positioned near Yugoslavia is a major message to Milosevic. British ships in the fleet include the STOVL aircraft carrier, HMS Invincible and the helicopter carrier HMS Ocean, The British statement came on the same day US Marines landed on the Croat island of Zirje. The Marines were participating in an amphibious warfare exercise with Croat forces. On September 27, a more ominous warning came from another NATO nation. Turkey's defense minister, Sabahattin Cakmakoglu, suggested that the "international community" might have to intervene militarily in Yugoslavia if Milosevic didn't accept "the will of the people (of Serbia)."


Article Archive

Balkans: Current 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close