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November 25, 2000 | From Associated Press
The struggling nations of the Balkans came away from a summit with the European Union on Friday with promises of billions of dollars and eventual membership in the European organization. French President Jacques Chirac said the 15-nation EU was offering the Balkan nations "a true, individual partnership . . . defining the steps that must be taken and the reforms that must be accomplished."
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WORLD
June 29, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - A nation forged from the most recent war on European soil is set to become the latest member of the European Union on Monday, possibly the last time for several years that the beleaguered trading bloc admits a new entrant. Croatia's accession as the EU's 28th member state caps a rigorous application process begun about a decade ago and is, in effect, a reward for the country's efforts to mold itself into a stable democracy out of the ashes of the Balkan wars of the 1990s.
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NEWS
October 13, 2000 | PAUL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The popular uprising that brought down Slobodan Milosevic also overturned the complex shell game he used to keep the economy just a few tricks ahead of collapse. Allies of Yugoslavia's new president, Vojislav Kostunica, are frantically trying to piece things back together. If they fail, they acknowledge, the discontent that brought Kostunica to power could quickly turn against them.
WORLD
October 10, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Montenegro and Macedonia recognized Kosovo's independence despite opposition from Serbia, which called the moves by its Balkan neighbors a betrayal and expelled the Montenegrin ambassador from Belgrade. The moves represent a major blow to Serbia's diplomatic efforts to maintain a claim over Kosovo, considered by Serbs to be the cradle of their Orthodox Christian religion.
WORLD
October 10, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Montenegro and Macedonia recognized Kosovo's independence despite opposition from Serbia, which called the moves by its Balkan neighbors a betrayal and expelled the Montenegrin ambassador from Belgrade. The moves represent a major blow to Serbia's diplomatic efforts to maintain a claim over Kosovo, considered by Serbs to be the cradle of their Orthodox Christian religion.
NEWS
July 13, 1997 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright assured tiny Slovenia on Saturday that it remains a very strong candidate for NATO membership provided it solidifies its democracy, improves its economic climate for foreign investment and modernizes its army. Albright came to this former Yugoslav republic to console its leadership about the U.S. veto that kept it from being invited to join the first round of expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization last week.
NEWS
November 28, 2001 | From Associated Press
The U.N. chief war crimes prosecutor accused the Yugoslav government Tuesday of harboring the Bosnian Serbs' wartime commander who has been indicted for genocide. Carla Del Ponte said that Gen. Ratko Mladic is living in Belgrade and that the Yugoslav army is shielding him from national and international justice with the government's consent.
NEWS
September 27, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
Twelve people died Saturday in fighting in the Drenica region of central Kosovo, the ethnic Albanian Kosovo Information Center said . Reuters journalists saw at least one village burning in the hills in the Drenica region at dusk Saturday. Police used an armored vehicle to block a road entering the area from a main highway, and three tanks moved along the highway toward Pristina, the Kosovo capital.
NEWS
July 8, 2001 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In another signal of Western powers' deepening involvement in strife-torn Macedonia, U.S. and European envoys presented the Balkan nation's politicians Saturday with a framework for constitutional reforms aimed at defusing ethnic conflict and reversing a slide toward civil war. "It is the basis for further negotiations," European Union representative Francois Leotard told reporters in Skopje, the Macedonian capital. "Now we need to have reactions, comments and amendments to this document."
NEWS
May 9, 2001 | From Associated Press
Army forces launched an assault on ethnic Albanian rebel strongholds Tuesday as Macedonia's political parties attempted to forge a national unity government aimed at ending the conflict. In a fragile show of unity, the leaders of key parties representing majority Slavs and minority ethnic Albanians agreed to work together to defuse tensions in the troubled Balkan country, where ethnic Albanians complain of discrimination and second-class status.
TRAVEL
September 3, 2006 | Rose Dosti, Special to The Times
I was sipping an espresso at the Piazza bookstore, a trendy Tirana cafe where artists, writers and politicians hang out, listening to Neritan Ceka, Albania's leading archeological scholar. He was talking about a "spectacular" site under excavation in central Albania. "Byllis," Ceka said. "You must go to Byllis."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2006 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
If Amra Baksic-Camo is going to make it in Hollywood, she's going to have to work on her pitch. The promoter is at the Cannes Film Festival trying to woo Hollywood to come make movies in the Balkans -- you know, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and other countries formed after the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. With so many U.S.
WORLD
July 2, 2002 | DAVID HOLLEY and SENAD SLATINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
NATO said Monday that it is committed to continued peacekeeping operations here even if a dispute over the new International Criminal Court forces an end to the U.N. mission in the Balkan nation. But government and international officials said a U.S. veto Sunday of a renewed mandate for the U.N. operation threatens to undo some of the accomplishments of seven years of international efforts at nation-building.
NEWS
November 28, 2001 | From Associated Press
The U.N. chief war crimes prosecutor accused the Yugoslav government Tuesday of harboring the Bosnian Serbs' wartime commander who has been indicted for genocide. Carla Del Ponte said that Gen. Ratko Mladic is living in Belgrade and that the Yugoslav army is shielding him from national and international justice with the government's consent.
NEWS
September 6, 2001 | From Associated Press
Macedonian forces committed widespread abuses during a village siege last month that killed 10 ethnic Albanian civilians, Human Rights Watch charged Wednesday, and it called for a war crimes investigation. Macedonian authorities rejected the New York-based group's findings as inaccurate and biased, saying the forces acted in self-defense while under rebel fire.
NEWS
July 8, 2001 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In another signal of Western powers' deepening involvement in strife-torn Macedonia, U.S. and European envoys presented the Balkan nation's politicians Saturday with a framework for constitutional reforms aimed at defusing ethnic conflict and reversing a slide toward civil war. "It is the basis for further negotiations," European Union representative Francois Leotard told reporters in Skopje, the Macedonian capital. "Now we need to have reactions, comments and amendments to this document."
TRAVEL
September 3, 2006 | Rose Dosti, Special to The Times
I was sipping an espresso at the Piazza bookstore, a trendy Tirana cafe where artists, writers and politicians hang out, listening to Neritan Ceka, Albania's leading archeological scholar. He was talking about a "spectacular" site under excavation in central Albania. "Byllis," Ceka said. "You must go to Byllis."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2006 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
If Amra Baksic-Camo is going to make it in Hollywood, she's going to have to work on her pitch. The promoter is at the Cannes Film Festival trying to woo Hollywood to come make movies in the Balkans -- you know, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and other countries formed after the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. With so many U.S.
NEWS
May 9, 2001 | From Associated Press
Army forces launched an assault on ethnic Albanian rebel strongholds Tuesday as Macedonia's political parties attempted to forge a national unity government aimed at ending the conflict. In a fragile show of unity, the leaders of key parties representing majority Slavs and minority ethnic Albanians agreed to work together to defuse tensions in the troubled Balkan country, where ethnic Albanians complain of discrimination and second-class status.
NEWS
November 25, 2000 | From Associated Press
The struggling nations of the Balkans came away from a summit with the European Union on Friday with promises of billions of dollars and eventual membership in the European organization. French President Jacques Chirac said the 15-nation EU was offering the Balkan nations "a true, individual partnership . . . defining the steps that must be taken and the reforms that must be accomplished."
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