My name is Nevenka Adzic, and I am a professor of Mathematics at Novi Sad University. If you look in «Satzung und Mitgliederverzeichnis» you will find there that I have been a member of GAMM for over ten years. So, as a member of the same organization, I am kindly asking you to read this letter, and it is up to you to decide what you're going to do afterwards.
This is the fourth week the bombs are falling on my country. They are destroying buildings, roads, bridges, trains, factories and above all human lives. Our children, including my own, are not going to schools, our students are not at their universities.
Each night, thousands and thousands of people take their children into shelters to try to save them from NATO's bombs. At the same time hundred of thousands people are standing in the centres of their cities, on their bridges, in their factories, trying to provide the human shield against the destruction.
Please, try to understand: Bombs can't bring peace. NATO is trying to persuade people in your countries that we are endangering Albanians at Kosovo. NATO's bombs are falling in all the cities and villages of Kosovo, and 90% of the population of that province are Albanians. They, together with the people of all the other nations who live there, are now leaving their homes, going to Macedonia, but coming to Belgrade as well, trying to save the lives of their children.
Yesterday NATO's missiles had killed over 60 Albanian refuges, mostly women and children, who were coming back to their homes in the villages near Djakova on Kosovo (escorted by Serbian militia). We know that there is the ethnic problem on Kosovo and it must be solved in the way to satisfy all ethnic groups that live there, but bombing is not the way to solve that problem.
NATO was supporting the opinion that Kosovo belongs to the Albanians and it wants to introduce its troops there. Would you accept some foreign soldiers in our country, for example Russians or Chinese?
People of Serbia simply can't give Kosovo away no matter how many bombs fall on their heads. NATO's aggression has just united people of all the political opinions in the intention to defend our country against those who are trying to «punish» us. Even those who voted again and again against our present government now are determined to resist the aggression.
We are peaceful people, used to suffer under various conquerors, and we are not asking for anything that doesn't belong to us. We only want to live in peace, to work and watch our children grow.
I am living in Novi Sad, capital of Vojvodina, province in which 26 nations, including Albanians, live together with Serbs. We are 400km from Kosovo. Each night bombs are falling on my city. Two bridges over the Danube in my city, both civil ones, were destroyed, the second one at a quarter to eight while people were walking or driving their car over it. The third bridge, the last one that connects the two banks of the river, is seriously damaged. This week a bomb fell in the middle of one of Novi Sad's suburbs and killed four people. Two of them, a man and his wife, were Albanians.
Try to imagine how you would feel if day after day you had to fear for your children's lives, waiting for bombs to fall in your court-yard, just because some powerful people in the world think that the politics of your country is not such as it would suit them.
We don't hate anyone, so please raise your voice against this terrible, unhuman devastation which is threatening not only my country but the whole civilised world.
Thu, 15 Apr 1999 12:31:39
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