AFP: Kosovo Serbs at risk of ethnic cleansing: Swedish general
"A positive result of what happened (in March) is that we discovered the fragility of the project in time. If we had already significantly reduced (the number of troops), the ethnic cleansing could not have been stopped. Then, maybe about 100,000 Kosovo Serbs and other minority groups would either have been dead or gathered in the refugee camps we have seen so many of throughout the history of the Balkans," he wrote.
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In his initial analysis of what he had seen in Kosovo, Alexey Lidov said that in March a pre-planned campaign of destruction of Orthodox monuments had been carried out and that this assessment was confirmed to the UNESCO experts by one of the German officers protecting Holy Archangels Monastery near Prizren. "The throng of people was organized by individuals with military experience. The masses acted in accordance with the principles of military tactics; they intercepted roads so reinforcements for protecting Orthodox buildings could not arrive on the scene. Another example is Devic Monastery, whose interior has been covered with UCK (KLA) graffiti," said Alexei Lidov.
Prof. Alexei Lidov has visited Kosovo as a member of the UNESCO delegation. Prof. Lidov is a director of the Research Center for Eastern Christian Culture in Moscow