Disarm and disband the KLA
The UN-approved Belgrade agreement to end NATO's war on Yugoslavia upholds Yugoslavian sovereignty over Kosovo and calls for the demilitarisation of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). Despite this, and despite the fact that the peace-keeping operation in Kosovo is to be under UN auspices, not NATO's, the US-dominated military alliance has signed an agreement with the KLA in which NATO has pledged to "consider" allowing the KLA to set up a "provisional" army in Kosovo. The agreement was put through at the insistence of US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Only a year ago, the US State Department listed the KLA as a "terrorist" organisation. Most of the KLA's soldiers were recruited in the US and Germany. It trafficks in heroin, using the profits to buy weapons — similar to Reagan's CIA mercenary "contras" that brought deadly war to Central America during the 1980s. Earlier this month, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations unanimously approved a Republican Bill to provide US$20 million to arm the KLA. The Bill brands Serbia a "terrorist state" and imposes new sanctions as the relentless assault on the Yugoslav people continues. An estimated 100,000 Serbs have fled Kosovo. As long as the US gives overt and covert backing for the KLA, US talk of multicultural unity in the Serbian province will be empty rhetoric. The danger of a new outbreak of war will grow and a new cycle of ethnic cleansing will begin. Progressives everywhere must demand full compliance with the Belgrade agreement! Disarm and disband the KLA! Rebuild war damaged Yugoslavia, including Serbia!
* * *People's Weekly World, paper of Communist Party, USA