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March 21, 2000 | Associated Press
Ethnic Albanian leader Hashim Thaci promised Monday to do what he could to stop Serb-Albanian violence in southern Serbia, insisting that the unrest does nothing but harm Kosovo's chances for independence. International officials have expressed fears that the unrest in the Presevo Valley region, just over the boundary from Kosovo, will touch off a war within earshot of thousands of NATO peacekeepers.
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November 18, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A former rebel leader who has promised to declare Kosovo's independence if mediation efforts fail declared victory for his party in a parliamentary election Saturday. With most votes counted, opposition leader Hashim Thaci's Democratic Party of Kosovo led with 35%, according to an unofficial tally by Democracy in Action, a coalition of monitoring groups. The Democratic League of Kosovo, traditionally the province's largest political bloc, trailed with 22%. Official results were expected Monday.
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November 18, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A former rebel leader who has promised to declare Kosovo's independence if mediation efforts fail declared victory for his party in a parliamentary election Saturday. With most votes counted, opposition leader Hashim Thaci's Democratic Party of Kosovo led with 35%, according to an unofficial tally by Democracy in Action, a coalition of monitoring groups. The Democratic League of Kosovo, traditionally the province's largest political bloc, trailed with 22%. Official results were expected Monday.
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March 21, 2000 | Associated Press
Ethnic Albanian leader Hashim Thaci promised Monday to do what he could to stop Serb-Albanian violence in southern Serbia, insisting that the unrest does nothing but harm Kosovo's chances for independence. International officials have expressed fears that the unrest in the Presevo Valley region, just over the boundary from Kosovo, will touch off a war within earshot of thousands of NATO peacekeepers.
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December 14, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Lawmakers in Kosovo's new parliament failed to elect a president after rival parties boycotted a first round of voting. Ibrahim Rugova's Democratic League of Kosovo won Nov. 17 parliamentary elections with 46% of the vote, mandating a coalition. Rugova has discussed sharing power with former rebel leader Hashim Thaci, head of the Democratic Party of Kosovo. Thaci's party and one other refused to cast ballots for the presidency.
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August 25, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Serbia has asked U.N. officials in Kosovo to arrest and extradite three former Kosovo Albanian rebel leaders to face trial for crimes allegedly committed during the 1998-99 war in the province. Justice Minister Vladan Batic said Hashim Thaci, Ramush Haradinaj and Agim Ceku must answer charges of terrorism, armed rebellion and genocide. Thaci and Haradinaj lead political parties in Kosovo; Ceku heads a local security force. A United Nations spokeswoman in Kosovo said the U.N.
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June 16, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Kosovo's government took control as the newly independent nation's constitution went into force after nine years of U.N. administration. The charter, a milestone that comes four months after leaders declared independence from Serbia, gives the government in Pristina sole decision-making authority. Kosovo's ethnic Albanian leaders marked the transition in a low-key ceremony in the capital. Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said, "Today the dream of the people of the Republic of Kosovo has come true."
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January 10, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A former rebel leader was elected Kosovo's prime minister, and he vowed that the province is only weeks away from independence from Serbia. Kosovo's parliament elected Hashim Thaci, 85-22, to head a coalition government that will try to steer the province through a declaration of independence, a course supported by the United States and some European governments, but fiercely opposed by Serbia and Russia.
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December 16, 1999 | From Associated Press
In a move to bring stability to Kosovo, the province's senior U.N. administrator signed a power-sharing deal Wednesday with ethnic Albanian leaders and called on the Serbian minority to join in. The province's Serbian leadership rejected the agreement. Serbs called it another step toward an independent, Albanian-run Kosovo, which would violate the U.N. resolutions that established the international peacekeeping mission here in June. U.N.
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July 22, 1999 | From Associated Press
Red-eyed and wailing, thousands of mourners reburied 68 ethnic Albanian villagers eulogized Wednesday as martyrs for the dream of a free Kosovo. This village of farmers and Kosovo Liberation Army, or KLA, sympathizers in southwestern Kosovo--a southern province of Yugoslavia's chief republic, Serbia--was one of the first targeted for destruction by Serbian forces after NATO launched its air campaign against Yugoslavia on March 24.
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September 21, 1999 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leaders of the Kosovo Liberation Army formally demilitarized Monday, capping two days of last-minute wrangling over the rebel soldiers' role in a planned civilian defense force. An agreement reached after U.S. Army Gen. Wesley K. Clark, commander of NATO forces in Europe, arrived from Brussels on Monday to join the negotiations largely reflects the alliance's initial plans.
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September 3, 1999 | From Reuters
British forensic experts have uncovered a mass grave in Kosovo containing the bodies of 50 people, including women and children, Foreign Secretary Robin Cook said Thursday. Cook said the grave was the largest so far uncovered by the forensic team and reiterated Britain's call for Serbian officials to be brought to justice for a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Kosovo Albanians. The bodies were found buried beneath a garbage dump in Ljubidza, four miles north of the town of Prizren.
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