History of NATO and the Pacifist Movement

April 26, 1999

As sirens across Belgrade sound once again, announcing the 33rd night of NATO bombings, leaders from 44 countries left Washington yesterday after concluding a three-day summit to celebrate the 50th anniversary of NATO. Leaders of the Western alliance embarked today on new efforts to secure Russian cooperation in seeking a diplomatic settlement with Yugoslavia on the West’s terms. Russia, which opposes the NATO air war, was conspicuously absent from this weekend’s summit.

Meanwhile, NATO confirmed today that it has hit the last remaining bridge over the Danube at the Serbian city of Novi Sad and raided the civilian airport at Pristina, the capital of Kosovo.

As we reported on Friday, protesters gathered in Washington and New York to call for an end to the bombings and to call on NATO to eliminate its nuclear arsenal.


  • David Cortright, President of the Fourth Freedom Forum. He is also a visiting professor of Peace Studies and a research fellow at the University of Notre Dame. He is one of the leading experts on the use of sanctions.