Clinton did not say that Djukanovic had required bombing of Murino

Former US President Bill Clinton did not say that Milo Djukanovic had required bombing of Murino in 1999, the NATO Membership Council’s Communication Team announced.

The video and textual material, including transcripts of the film “The Fall of Milosevic”, denies the allegations published in several media. The Communication Team received the material on Wednesday from the Kings College London and the company “Brook Lapping”, the documentary “The Fall of Milosevic” was produced by.

“The material that we received on Wednesday denied claims published by the daily Dan on June 25th, 27th and 28th, by the daily Vecernje Novosti on June 25th and 29th and by the daily Politika on July 4th, according to which former President of the USA, Bill Clinton, had allegedly said in the documentary that the bombing of Murino in 1999 had been asked by Milo Djukanovic,” The Communication Team said in a statement sent to the portal CdM.

From the documentary and the transcript of the film “The Fall of Milosevic”, it can be unequivocally concluded that allegations on Mr Bill Clinton stating in the film “The Fall of Milosevic” that the President Djukanovic had asked the bombing were absolutely untrue,” the Communication Team said, stressing that the allegations were synchronously carried by the dailies Dan and Vecernje Novosti on their front pages, only to be joined a week later by the daily Politika.

As they said in the statement, not only that Djukanovic did not asked the bombing, as certain media claimed, but he clearly said during a meeting with the President of France, Jacques Chirac, that he was absolutely against the bombing of Montenegro.

For the sake of truthful informing, the Communication Team has released parts of the original film with the title in Montenegrin, as well as the relevant part of the transcript of the entire interview with the US President Bill Clinton, including the parts that were not used in the film.

“Simply there are no allegations published by the dailies Dan and Vecernje Novosti in the transcript”, the team communicated adding that it was fabricated (a part referring to Montenegro is on page 5),” the Team announced.

The transcript of the complete interview with the President of France, Jacques Chirac, has also been sent including parts that were not used in the film with highlighted sections referring to Montenegro (Pages 31 and 32).

“Jean-David Levitte, the Diplomatic Adviser to the President of France, stated the controversial claim, clearly distancing himself by saying that President Clinton had “apparently” been told that. During a meeting with the French President, Jacques Chirac, President of Montenegro Milo Djukanovic clearly said he was against bombing of Montenegro. The media did not mention that,” the NATO Membership Council’s Communication Team concluded.

Read the transcript of a part of the documentary “The Fall of Milosevic”

George Robertson, British Defence Minister:

The President Djukanovic clearly was not very keen on being bombed in the same way as we were bombing Belgrade and parts of Kosovo. And you can see why. He had no sympathy with Milosevic at all, but it was necessary to take out some of the defence capabilities of Yugoslavia that were based in Montenegro.

Jacques Chirac, President of France:

The NATO military people wanted to bomb Montenegro. I did not. I phoned to tell Bill Clinton bombing would play into Milosevic’s hands. It would weaken President Djukanovic

James Steinberg, US Deputy National Security Adviser:

President told Chirac that we simply had no choice, that there was too much of a risk to our own pilots and our own military people to give a sanctuary to the Serb forces that were using Montenegro as a base.

Bill Clinton, President of the USA:

We’ve got a look at the targets. If we can hit the targets with high level of certainty that were are not going after civilians but that we go to the hearth of what we’re doing, then we are not going to remove any targets of the list.

Narrator:

Chirac backed down on condition that the bombing of Montenegro was restricted to limited strikes on Serb military targets.

Soon after, NATO launched a huge bombing raid. The French President demanded an explanation.

Jean-David Levitte, Diplomatic Adviser to the President of France:

President Clinton had apparently been told Djukanovic wanted air strikes to get rid of pro-Milosevic elements.

Jacques Chirac, President of France:

I said, “That sounds astonishing. I’ll check it out.”

I got him on his mobile.

Milo Djukanovic, President of Montenegro:

President Chirac was trying to check a report someone had given him. My answer was very explicit: Every bomb that fell on Montenegro threatened to weaken my government.

Jacques Chirac, President of France:

I told Bill Clinton.

And that ended the matter.

Narrator:

Soon after NATO raids on Montenegro were stopped.

Izvor: RTV Montenegro