“Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General, said on Monday he was aware of the controversy surrounding the Alliance’s 1999 bombing of the then Yugoslavia and that that war still bore a painful memory to those who lost someone close, the Beta news agency reported.

He said he was sorry about every single lost innocent life, and reiterated that the bombing aimed to protect civilians.

NATO bombed former Yugoslavia from March to June 1999 to stop what it said was the army and police aggression on Kosovo Albanians. The bombing caused some civilian deaths as the so-called collateral damage.

‘We cannot forget the past, but we can go forward,’ Stoltenberg said in Belgrade, at the kick off of the intentional disaster relief exercise ‘Serbia 2018’ held in the suburb of Mladenovac.” (N1)