November 17, 2001 |
Valbona Halili, an ethnic Albanian from this rural town in western Kosovo, hid from Yugoslav forces in the nearby mountains for three months during fighting in 1999. Now, with the first free and democratic Kosovo-wide elections scheduled today, the young woman says she will vote for the former guerrillas of the Kosovo Liberation Army. "They are the only ones who deserve to represent me," she said, "because they were the only ones who fought for the freedom we're living in today."
August 26, 2001 |
NATO-led peacekeepers in the Yugoslav province of Kosovo said Saturday that they had fought and apprehended five suspected ethnic Albanian guerrillas and detained 48 others crossing the border from Macedonia. Officials from the Kosovo Force, or KFOR, said one man was wounded in the gun battle Friday before he and his four comrades were captured. Arms and ammunition were seized from the group, they said.
August 18, 2001 |
NATO-led peacekeepers Friday relaxed their control of a buffer zone that separates Kosovo from the rest of the country, allowing the Yugoslav army to deploy on the province's boundary, officials said. The agreement is part of a NATO-brokered deal allowing the Belgrade government to gradually reclaim the volatile zone separating the Serbian province of Kosovo, a predominantly ethnic Albanian area, with the rest of Yugoslavia's main republic. Lt. Gen.
July 7, 2001
Serbian Interior Minister Dusan Mihajlovic said police believe that about 800 victims of the Kosovo war were buried in mass graves in the Yugoslav republic. He vowed that no one guilty of war crimes would escape justice. Mihajlovic, a leading member of the reformist alliance that last year ousted Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, said police would find out who had ordered the "monstrous operation" to transport bodies to mass graves across Serbia.
May 25, 2001 |
Several thousand Yugoslav soldiers and police began moving back into the last--and most important--section of a buffer zone around Kosovo on Thursday, reclaiming territory their government abandoned two years ago under pressure from NATO forces. The alliance-approved deployment into the zone at the edge of southern Serbia's Presevo Valley marks a milestone in rapidly warming relations between Yugoslavia and the West.
May 23, 2001 |
Saying their fight was over, ethnic Albanian rebels in southern Serbia began laying aside their weapons Tuesday for collection by NATO. The rebels, who number fewer than 1,000 and face a vastly more powerful army, occupy a narrow strip of land separating Kosovo province from the rest of Serbia, the main Yugoslav republic. Their last strongholds are to be taken over Thursday by Yugoslav army troops, moving with NATO backing in a deal to end the insurrection.