SAPERSTEIN: "WE MUST CONTINUE TO INSIST THAT THE HUMANITARIAN OBJECTIVES BEHIND THE NATO AIRSTRIKES ARE MET"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Mandell, 202-387-2800
WASHINGTON, June 3, 1999--Responding to the news that Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic's government had accepted terms of a peace plan to end the war in Kosovo, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:
We welcome the news that Slobodan Milosevic's government has agreed to a peace plan which promises to end the war in Kosovo. Milosevic's full compliance with the plan's provisions, which state that the refugees forcibly expelled from Kosovo may return home safely and without fear of the genocidal violence from which they fled, must now be our primary concern.
We must continue to insist that the humanitarian objectives behind the NATO airstrikes are met. President Clinton and the NATO allies have been steadfast in support of a just cause -- ending ethnic cleansing and forced expulsion by the Yugoslavian armed forces -- and we hope and pray that their commitment will carry over to monitoring the complete Serbian military withdrawal from Kosovo and the peaceable return of Kosovar refugees.
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, representing 1.5 million Reform Jews and 1,800 Reform rabbis in 875 congregations throughout North America.