"Throughout the crisis, I had maintained a very close relationship with Javier Solana, the cerebral and shrewd Spanish NATO secretary general who combined a deep aversion to war with his own determination, as a proud European, not to allow Milosevic to make a mockery of the continent's commitment to peace and human rights once again. In a call on March 17, we spoke of how no one seemed to be getting through to Milosevic-not his Russian allies nor Holbrooke, with whom he had negotiated an end to the war in Bosnia.
Kofi Annan, a Ghana native, was a very powerful player on globalization ("New World Order") during his long UN career that started in 1962. He is gone now. Javier Solana continues on in his "retirement" that appears to me to be anything but "retiring." It will now be interesting to me to see how "the Elders" will rearrange themselves after Kofi Annan."It was clear that the moment of truth had arrived when the OSCE observers were ordered to leave Kosovo. On the evening of March 23, Solana called me again to say that Holbrooke would be returning from Belgrade to the NATO headquarters in Brussels with "very bad news." He told me that he would be transferring the authority to launch a military operation to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe imminently, meaning that military action by NATO would soon begin. With Russian opposition to any resolution mandating the use of force, this meant NATO would be breaking with the will of the Security Council. (Page 93)