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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 23, 1999, Darmstadt, HesseThursday december 23, 1999 stars and stripes Pace 3 Cohen blasts Russia for chechen conflict Uso show makes Stop at Eagle base in Bosnia by Cory Lancaster Bosnia Bureau Eagle base Bosnia and Herzegovina Russia has crossed the Bounds of acceptable behaviour in Chechnya and could face sanctions if the War continues . Secretary of state will Iam Cohen said wednesday. Speaking after a Uso Holiday show at Eagle base Cohen said the United states and other coun tries continue to take Russia to task for its hard line approach in the break away Republic. The United states and All of the International Community has spoken out very strongly about what s taking place in Chechnya Cohen said. On the one hand we under stand that acts of terrorism can not go without response but by the same Token we be tried to Indi Cate to the russians that they have really stepped across the Bounds of International accept Able behaviour in dealing with Russia has come under a bar rage of foreign criticism for its Campaign in Chechnya which has resulted in Many civilian casualties and the destruction of Grozny and other cities. Any where from 10,000 to 40,000 Hun Gry civilians Are believed trapped in Grozny Many too old and in firm to make the dangerous Jour Ney out of the capital. There has to be a political settlement Cohen said of the Situa Tion. There is very much at stake economically diplomatically ultimately in our dealings with Cohen brought with him a big group of celebrities for the holi Day Uso show which was scheduled to perform thursday at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo weather permitting. Among the stars were Christie Brinkley the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders football players Terry Bradshaw and Mike Singletary and Singer Mary Chapin Carpenter. Cohen s visit to Bosnia comes As the . Military and other nato countries Are reducing their forces Here. By Early february the number of . Peace keepers will drop from about 5,200 to 3,900. Nato forces throughout Bosnia will decrease to 20,000 by the Spring from a High of 60,000 in late 1995, after the Dayton peace accords ended the civil War. Cohen said further reductions Are Likely in coming years Given the peaceful co existence today among bosnian serbs and croats. We have seen a progressive de Cline in the number of troops that the United states and other Mem Bers of nato have committed to Bosnia Cohen said. That s because of the situation changing rather profoundly in Bosnia. So we would anticipate if things continue to Progress As they have that we could see an other reduction in the size of our commitment and that of other a the associated press contributed to this report. Email Cory Lancaster at Petty officer 1st class Dewitt d. Roseboroug Courtesy of the . Navy Cory Lancaster stars and stripes above army specialist Jennifer Miller enjoys a Sweet serenade wednesday from country music Star Shane minor during a Holiday Uso show at Eagle base. Lett chief electrician s mate Daniel c. Stonebraker gives a Bataan to shirt to Fox sports Caster and Hall of Fame Quarter Back Terry Bradshaw. Bradshaw was one of Many celebrities in the show hosted by . Secretary of defense William s. Cohen. Cohen s Stop aboard Bataan was the first of several visits to Mili tary units operating through South Ern Europe and the Balkans Dur ing the Christmas and new year s Holiday season. Troops in Kosovo Cope with Winters deep freeze Mcentee stars and stripes a Soldier covers an Apache attack helicopter wednesday at Camp Bondsteel where temper attire hovered near 20 degrees fahrenheit and the wind chill Factor sent the thermometer to single digits forecasters Call for Snow for Kosovo through Christmas. By Marni Mcentee Macedonia Bureau Camp Bondsteel Kosovo Winter arrived in Kosovo with a vengeance wednesday sending temperatures below freezing causing vehicles to skid off ice slicked roads and prompting authorities to close the main Border with planned visit to Camp Bondsteel by Secretary of defense William Cohen andean entourage of entertainers was re routed to Tula Bosnia and was expected to make the trip to Camp Bondsteel thursday weather per Snow and cold temperatures were forecast for the next few Days said air Force capt. Thomas Goulter of the 7th expeditionary weather re looking for Snow through Christ Mas Goulter said.uh-60 Blackhawk helicopter observation and reconnaissance missions were scratched for the Day and medevac Rescue helicopters were leaving ail but the most urgent missions to ground ambulance Crews. The frigid weather did t mean the medevac Crews had the Day off. They remained in classroom training or updated , our Job is 24 hours a Day said chief warrant officer 2 Richard Knowlton a Pilot in command for the 236th medical company of Lan Stuhl major emergency Calls had come in As of late wednesday afternoon. On an average Day the Rescue team responds to five or six injury victims usually with gun shot wounds or injuries from land mine explosions. But most happen after dark Knowlton ground Security patrols were still going out but without the Benefit of the Blackhawk air support that usually accompany them said maj. Al Parmentier operations officer for the 1st battalion 1st aviation Squadron of Katterbach Germany. But Parmentier said weather also was limiting the mobility of everyone in the re Gion so ground troops weren t necessarily in More Road conditions Are red impassable so there s not a whole lot going on. People who might want to cause trouble or create a problem Aren t going to be out there he , the Squadron takes any window of Opportunity to get up and look around he said. As soon As the weather Breaks Well cause of the storm which started tuesday night and dropped 3 inches of Snow by wednesday evening is a Low pressure system heading North from the Mediterranean that is hitting cold bands of moisture in the Balkans Goulter said. We re getting the squeeze from the North and from the was expected to continue falling through Friday. Temperatures weren t expected to exceed 20 degrees fahrenheit and the wind chill Factor was in the single aircraft were still Able to Fly from International airports in Skopje an Pristina because they can use instruments to guide them but helicopters were grounded because of visibility and icing problems. Email Marni Mcentee at

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