The Way to Geneva: The Patriarch Letter and NATO Bombing

  • Derek Chollet


When Holbrooke and his team landed in Belgrade on August 30, they braced themselves for a bitter greeting. But to their surprise, Milosevic did not angrily rebuke them for the fact that NATO bombs were pounding his allies—in fact, his reaction was quite the opposite. The Serb leader acted as though he didn’t really care about either the marketplace massacre or NATO’s response. Instead, he began the meeting with some kind words for the three fallen American diplomats, speaking with particular sincerity about Bob Frasure.


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    Holbrooke comment, Dayton History Seminar; Walter Slocombe interview, January 6, 1997; Holbrooke, To End a War, p. 132; Strobe Talbott, The Russia Hand: A Memoir of Presidential Diplomacy (Random House, 2002), p. 172.Google Scholar

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