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Carter Says NATO Attacks Are 'Counterproductive'

By following a pattern of cutting short peace efforts, the NATO strike on Serbia has been counter productive and has made victims of civilians, former President Carter says in today's New York Times.

"We have become increasingly inclined to side step the time-tested premises of negotiation, which in most cases prevent deterioration of a bad situation and at least offer the prospect of a bloodless solution," Carter wrote in an editorial.

The "decision to attack the entire nation has been counter productive, and our destruction of civilian life has now become senseless and excessively brutal," he said.

Carter cited the prolongation of the bombing campaign and the damaging effects of cluster bombs.

By: New York Times. This article appeared in The Seattle Times Thursday, May 27, 1999. Page A-19