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Macedonia Accuses Western Officials
by ALEKSANDAR VASOVIC Associated Press Writer

"All our fears have proven true that the international representatives are in close coordination with the KLA. This is open, public coordination between the mediators and the rebels."

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- Ethnic Albanian rebels attacked an army barracks and surrounded four villages on Tuesday, while mobs in the capital accused NATO of siding with the guerrillas and attacked the U.S., British and German embassies.

Protesters threw stones at the U.S. Embassy, breaking windows as riot police looked on but failed to intervene.

A mob of several hundred people smashed the main doors of the German and British embassies and the front of a McDonald's restaurant. Vandals burned several cars belonging to the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe before the violent protests subsided early Wednesday.

Government spokesman Antonio Milososki on Tuesday called NATO ''a big friend of our enemies.''

The protests came as rebels clashed with government forces in Tetovo on Tuesday. The Defense Ministry said that the rebels were advancing and had surrounded four nearby villages.

Lightly armed Macedonian police abandoned several checkpoints and were replaced by rebels in Tetovo, Macedonia's second largest city, Macedonian media reported.

A rebel commander, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said police were handing out arms to people at one checkpoint. Rebels attacked Tetovo's army barracks, but further details were not available.

Amid the growing hostilities, Macedonian authorities closed the border with Kosovo and hundreds of residents fled Tetovo and surrounding villages, several of them now in rebel hands.

Army sources said fighting was still going on around 9 p.m. in and around Tetovo. ''Terrorists are using heavy machine guns and mortars,'' one source said, adding that rebel activity was particularly intense in the Drenovec and Proj suburbs.

An hour later, fighting stopped, and a Macedonian TV station reported that Peter Feith, NATO's special envoy to Macedonia, had won a fresh cease-fire pledge from Ali Ahmeti, the rebels' political leader.

The clashes followed some of the worst fighting in Macedonia in months on Monday. Western diplomats on Tuesday were trying to salvage peace talks designed to prevent a full-scale civil war in this troubled Balkan nation.

The militants launched their insurgency in February, saying they were fighting for greater rights for ethnic Albanians, who account for up to a third of Macedonia's 2 million people. The government contends they are trying to carve up the country.

But the talks have faltered and Monday's attack was the largest violation yet of a cease-fire.

Meanwhile, Macedonian authorities accused NATO and Western officials of siding with the rebels, dimming prospects for the peace talks.

Up to 3,000 angry Macedonians protested in front of parliament in Skopje, the capital, under a banner that read, ''Who is protecting the terrorists? -- NATO.''

Milososki, the government spokesman, accused NATO and Western officials of failing to respond to rebels' ''cleansing'' of Macedonian villages around Tetovo and being biased in the negotiations.

''All our fears have proven true that the international representatives are in close coordination with the KLA,'' a reference to the officially defunct Kosovo Liberation Army. ''This is open, public cooperation between international mediators and the rebels,'' Milososki told The Associated Press.

Before Milososki spoke, NATO Secretary-General Lord Robertson rejected similar Macedonian allegations over the weekend that NATO-led forces in Kosovo had been resupplying ethnic Albanian armed groups.

U.S. envoy James Pardew and his EU counterpart, Francois Leotard, worked to revive peace talks that collapsed late last week after majority Macedonians refused to accept a provision that would make Albanian an official language.

In a joint statement, Leotard and Pardew said they ''are shocked by allegations that they support the NLA (rebel army) or that they lay responsibility for the fighting in Tetotvo on the Macedonian security forces.''

During a brief visit to Camp Bondsteel, the U.S. military base in neighboring Kosovo, President Bush issued a statement Tuesday backing efforts by Western diplomats to broker a peace settlement, and called on rebels and the Macedonian government to respect the cease-fire.

''Those here in Kosovo who support the insurgency in Macedonia are hurting the interests of ethnic Albanians throughout the region,'' Bush said. ''The people of Kosovo should focus on Kosovo.''

Earlier Tuesday, the Defense Ministry in a statement admitted that the rebels were advancing in the recent offensive and said that four Tetovo area villages had been surrounded by ''terrorist forces.''

It said that late Monday and early Tuesday the rebels had set up a checkpoint on the Tetovo-Gostivar road, opening fire on vehicles that refused to stop.

A policeman died Tuesday from injuries he suffered during clashes in the village of Lesok on Monday, adding to an unconfirmed list of several fatalities over the last two days, the ministry said.

(C) Associated Presss, 2001, Posted for Fair Use Only

Articles About Macedonia On Emperor's Clothes:

 

"SORRY, VIRGINIA, BUT THEY ARE NATO TROOPS, NOT 'REBELS'"
by Jared Israel [13 June 2001]
Research by Rick Rozoff, George Thompson and Max Sinclair.
Using pro-NATO media sources, Israel shows that the U.S. and its NATO junior partners England and Germany are behind the KLA attack on Macedonia. Israel argues that the immense and immensely dangerous goal of U.S. strategy is: the conquest and full colonization of the former Soviet Union. Can be read at
http://emperors-clothes.com/mac/times.htm

"MACEDONIAN GOVERNMENT ACCUSES U.S., GERMANY" [19 March 2001]
Macedonian leaders say the U.S. and Germany are in cahoots sponsoring the KLA attack on Macedonia. Can be read at
http://emperors-clothes.com/docs/maced2.htm

WASHINGTON BEHIND TERRORIST ASSAULTS IN MACEDONIA
by Professor Michel Chossudovsky [23 July 2001]
Prof. Chossudovsky discusses implications of the recent truly amazing mission by U.S. troops to save endangered terrorists (and U.S. advisers!) in Macedonia and other aspects of NATO's proxy war.

GERMAN PAPER CHARGES: U.S. HAS 'ADVISORS' AMONG ALBANIAN TERRORISTS [29 June 2001]
[Translated by George Pumphrey]
This is the article referred to in Prof. Chossudovsky's analysis (above.)

"WHAT'S BEHIND KLA STRATEGY IN THE BALKANS?"
Jared Israel interviews Kosovo historian Chedomir Pralinchevich
[25 May 2001]
Is there something about ethnic Albanian culture and history that enables the terrorist Kosovo Liberation Army to establish a base among ordinary people? Offers an explanation of many mysteries such as why the KLA targets Albanians in Macedonia. Can be read at
http://emperors-clothes.com/interviews/strategy.htm

"WHY 'HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH' IS GUNNING FOR MACEDONIA" by Jared Israel. [3 June 2001].
Human Rights Watch, seen by many as an idealistic activist group, is focusing on Macedonia. Mr. Israel argues that HRW is used by the U.S. Establishment to soften up countries which Washington wishes to destabilize. The article includes Paul Treanor's mind-boggling look at who actually runs HRW. Hint: it's not a bunch of college kids and a civil rights attorney. Can be read at
http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/treanor/hrw.htm

NATO Macedonian Aptitude Test
Excerpt from a top secret NATO Commandants' MAT Quiz
by Lester Schonbrun [Posted 28 June 2001]

Defend Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia from Lies and Terror! [19 June 2001]
Statement by the Committee to Defend Milosevic, issued by a Working Committee meeting in Belgrade.

WHAT NATO OCCUPATION WOULD MEAN FOR MACEDONIANS
by Jared Israel [18 June 2001]
It is being touted as the solution, but how would NATO occupation affect ordinary Macedonian citizens? Three women, keen observers, in despair for their relatives, talk about the NATO takeover of the Kosovo town of Orahovac.

"MESSAGE FROM MACEDONIA" [15 June 2001]
A reader from Skopje, the Macedonian capital, blasts media disinformation and reveals the résumés of terrorist leaders. Can be read at
http://emperors-clothes.com/letters/amessage.htm

"AMERICA AT WAR IN MACEDONIA"
by Michel Chossudovsky [14 June 2001]
Prof. Chossudovsky presents evidence that the Macedonian crisis results from a schism between the U.S. and Germany, with the former sponsoring the KLA and destabilizing Macedonia to guarantee control of the Corridor 8 trade route and a critical oil pipeline. Can be read at
http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/choss/pipe.htm

"TERRORIST 'REBELS' THREATEN CATASTROPHIC CRIMES IN MACEDONIA" [11 June 2001] This article is related to the call for help from the Macedonian town of KUMANOVO (posted below). Humanitarian terrorists are threatening to unleash eco-disaster. Can be read at http://emperors-clothes.com/mac/poisin.htm

"100,000 MACEDONIANS HELD HOSTAGE BY ALBANIAN TERRORISTS" [8 June 2001]
An eyewitness account from KUMANOVO, the northern Macedonian city whose water supply has been seized by KLA terrorists. Can be read at
http://emperors-clothes.com/mac/mac.htm

"ALBANIANS IN MACEDONIA: FACTS AND FICTIONS"
by Diana Johnstone [30 May 2001]
Ms. Johnstone demolishes the "we're rebelling because we're oppressed" claims. Israel disputes the notion that an Albanian terrorist tail wags the U.S. dog. Can be read at
http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/Johnstone/fic.htm

"TERRORISM AGAINST SERBIA IS NO CRIME"
by Jared Israel and Rick Rozoff [25 May 2001]
NATO released about 450 'captured' KLA terrorists in time for them to attack Macedonia. Are they nuts? Or is there strategy in their madness? Can be read at
http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/jared/nocrime.htm

"GENTLE REIGN: WASHINGTON MAKES IT PERFECTLY CLEAR IN KOSOVO & MACEDONIA"
by Jared Israel [17 March 2001]
A close look at the relationship between the U.S. military in Kosovo and the KLA finds it to be a) unusual and b) entirely illegal: Washington is sponsoring terrorism. Can be read at
http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/jared/gentle.htm

"KLA ATTACKS EVERYONE. MEDIA ATTACKS... MILOSHEVICH?"
by Jared Israel [2 March 2001]
Media coverage of KLA terrorism against Macedonia and southern Serbia uncovers the real culprit, now and forever: Slobodan Miloshevich! Our editor walks down memory lane, examining a decade of slander against the Yugoslav leader and finds the whole thing...ludicrous. Can be read at
http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/jared/expan.htm

"'WE DENIED TRAINING THE KLA? OH. WE LIED.'" [18 March 2001]
'Sunday Times' articles reveals another Anglo-U.S./KLA link. At the end of this post is a useful (partial) list of relevant articles. Can be read at http://emperors-clothes.com/docs/train.htm

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