January 03, 2000

WHAT the world does not need in 2000 is a fourth genocidal war in the former Yugoslavia.

Montenegro's pro-Western President Milo Djukanovic threatens a referendum on independence.

Serbia's dictator Slobodan Milosevic has supporters in the one republic that remains in federation with Serbia, as well as Yugoslav federal troops there.

Montenegro is a mountainous, lightly populated, crime-ridden land ill-suited to independence.

President Djukanovic is on high ground with autonomy, but should stop there.

President Milosevic seeks wars to keep power as a vampire needs blood. He just shuffled the army command for loyalty.

NATO should make clear it will defend Montenegro's autonomy, but should dissuade Montenegro from provocations.

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