|The Address of HRH Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia
to the Serbian Anti-war Rally in Chicago on 2 April, 1999.
The NATO bombardment of Yugoslavia has from the start violated the principles
of International Law stated in the United Nations Charter which was signed
by all the NATO countries. Furthermore, that act of unprovoked aggression
has already gone even beyond the aims and scope originally announced by
the Secretary General of that Alliance. It has reached the level of an
all-out war against the Serbian People. It must, therefore, immediately
stop to enable the sides in this internal Yugoslav conflict to return to
the negotiations. And those negotiations should be open-ended and fair.
They must take into account that Kosovo is an integral part of a sovereign
state, which is among the founding members of the United Nations. Such
a nation cannot be pressured with unacceptable dictates justified only
by the threats of military might. Serbs are as likely to give up Kosovo
because the ethnic Albanians want it as the Israelis are to give up Jerusalem
because the Arabs want it or Americans are to give up Alamo and Texas because
the Mexicans might want it. The solution of the problem is in direct negotiations
of the involved parties supervised by the United Nations and conducted
so that they guarantee equal rights to all citizens of Kosovo, no matter
what is their ethnic or religious background. And the time to call off
the aggression and return to the political negotations is now.