FM Sharon Condemns Kosovo Massacre

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
19 January 1999

Responding to questions submitted yesterday (Monday), 18.1.99, in the Knesset, Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon condemned the massacre in Racak and called on the Yugoslav government to allow an independent investigation of the incident — following which the parties guilty of the atrocities must be brought to justice. At the same time, Foreign Minister Sharon added, it would be out of place to sever relations with Yugoslavia, as a number of Knesset members have suggested.

Israel is in full compliance with all UN-imposed sanctions on Yugoslavia and supports the efforts of the international community to find a peaceful solution to the Kosovo problem. Israel supports granting legitimate autonomous rights to the Albanian minority in Kosovo, but believes this should be done within the framework of the Yugoslav Federation and while maintaining Yugoslavia’s territorial integrity.

Israel condemns terrorist attacks by all parties and, in particular, violence against civilians. This position of the Government of Israel has been related to Yugoslavia’s ambassador to Israel.

Israel has dispatched humanitarian aid to the Albanian refugees from Kosovo and will continue to do so as needed.