The then-Serbian President spearheaded attacks against all non-Serbs, in particular, Kosovo Albanians. That year, Serbian special police killed 45 ethnic Albanians in the so-called “Račak Massacre”.
In response, failed diplomatic avenues were followed by military options, including airstrikes.
A 78-day NATO bombing campaign ended the 1998-99 conflict, which saw more than 10,000 people killed.
According to a 1999 report by the Morning Star, recently unearthed on Twitter by user ‘Corbyn in the Times’, the left-wing veteran had condemned the humanitarian NATO intervention, calling it “criminal”.
He had also ridiculed then Labour leader Tony Blair, claiming the real reason for the intervention was “grabbing of resources and weapon sales.”
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