REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
UPON DEPARTURE FOR CAMP DAVID
The South Grounds
THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon. All Americans can be very proudof the skill and bravery of the American servicemen involved in the rescueoperation yesterday in Kosovo. Indeed, we can be proud of all of our menand women in uniform who are involved in the NATO mission.
From the outset I have said to the American people that thismilitary operation entails real risks. But the continued brutality andrepression of the Serb forces further underscores the need for NATO topersevere. I strongly support Secretary General Solana's decisionyesterday to move to a new phase in our planned air campaign, with abroader range of targets including air defenses, military and securitytargets, and forces in the field.
In the last 24 hours, I have been in close contact with key NATOallies, including Prime Minister Blair, President Chirac, ChancellorSchroeder, and Prime Minister D'Alema. All of them share our determinationto respond strongly to Mr. Milosevic's continuing campaign of inhumane and-- violence against the Kosovar Albanian people. That is what we intend todo.
Thank you very much.
Q Has the bombing made things worse, sir?
Q Sir -- is the bombing driving the atrocities now, sir?
THE PRESIDENT: Absolutely not.
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