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Belgrade Denies Serbian Planes Bombed Libya Protesters


By Pedja Obradovic

Serbia’s minister of defence, Dragan Sutanovac, has dismissed that Serbian planes were part of military forces alleged to have bombed protesters in Libya.

Asked in parliament on Tuesday whether “Serbian airplanes are involved in the bombing of Tripoli, Sutanovac replied that the reports were “total stupidity, and there are no Serbian airplanes” in Libya, Belgrade’s B92 reported.


Speaking on BBC’s flagship 1pm news show on Tuesday, “World At One” African expert Francis Ghiles, from the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, told BBC anchor Martha Kearney that the Libyan dictator had a history of using foreign mercenaries against his own people as he did not trust his own military.

Muammar Gaddafi had used both Algerian pilots and Serbs loaned by Slobodan Milosevic’s regime in the 1990s to bomb rebel positions, and may well have done the same this time round, Ghiles said.

People should not “forget that there many Serbs in Tripoli and that they are certainly very loyal to Gaddafi”, Ghiles said.

In Belgrade, no one from Serbia’s defence ministry was available for official comment on the claim. Military sources told Balkan Insight, that they have no knowledge of any Serbian military presence in Libya.

Military expert Aleksandar Radic said: “I know no one who went there and stayed there”.

Radic said it was well known that the Yugoslav Peoples Army, JNA, provided a training programme for the Libyan Air Force in the Seventies but this ended in the mid-1980s.

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5 thoughts on “Belgrade Denies Serbian Planes Bombed Libya Protesters

  • February 23, 2011 at 3:55 am

    That’s absolutely absurd! Blame it on Algeria and Serbia? Come on, gimme a break! Flight records could easily show who was flying and from where and when. Something tells me this is one for Wikileaks! Yet more conspiracy and blame game from those who are instigating.

  • February 23, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Rubbish not Serbs, there were Slovenian jet fighters. Slovenia have the mightiest fleet in the world! Some jets were also loan from Estonia, Latvia, Lihuania and Luxembourg…

  • February 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    CIA organised and sponsored upheaval in order to destabilize and occupy yet another country by undermining it from within.
    Egypt, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Venezuela, Vietnam, Serbia, Kongo, 3/4 of Afrika, far East and in total over 120 countries directly ocupied with their military presents.
    They did it with Mr. Mozadec in Iran and installed puppet shah reza pahlavi, they did it with Iraq, only later to turn against their Man (Saddam), they trained and sponsored Bin Laden to gight Soviets just to see him turn against them.
    They raped and bombed Serbia for 3 months because Serbs fought terrorists, and now Serbs have the criminals, albaninan terrorist in power in Serbian Kosovo.
    Slave trade, medieval customs have returned, gun trade as well as narcotics, rape and looting, all sponsored and blessed by USA, CIA, UN and vatican.
    People will repay this with a bonus one day. The day will come..

  • February 26, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Serbians are experts when it comes to government propaganda, they are the only country that officially committed genocide and instilled concentration camps in the 1990s after WWII. It would not surprise me that live reports coming from Libya is that Serb special forces (JSO) are being used by Kaddafi to massacre innocent civilians.

  • February 28, 2011 at 12:46 am

    There is a past and there is a present… we cannot blame Serbia for everything… it is very easy to have a criminal corner and throw in this direction… How on earth Britain can freeze Gadhafi’s possessions… can Gadhafi freeze Cameroon’s possessions? Nonsense on an international level! Where is all human sense and the power of masses to respond to America and its alliance? I am a fan of great conspiracies but still wonder how suddenly the “dictators” are so popular this winter??… all after the credit crunch… are westerns economies in such state so wars are needed for our economies to recover and for all of us to focus our attention… Let’s just sit and wait… the time will show who is really interested in democracy …. rgs from rainy Britan


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