June 5, 2007 |
On a green hillside here in Kosovo, schoolchildren paraded through rows of red tombstones marking the graves of 44 ethnic Albanians killed eight years ago by Serbian forces. The field trip was organized, their teacher said, so the children would remember the massacre, a turning point that brought the West to the rescue of Kosovo's Albanians. "It is important for us to remain united," Hafiz Mustafa, a whiskered, elderly survivor, lectured the students.
November 25, 2005 |
Serbia's president on Thursday formally proposed dividing Kosovo between its independence-seeking Albanian majority and a Serb minority as the chief U.N. mediator met with government officials. Martti Ahtisaari, who was appointed this month by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and is on his initial fact-finding mission in the Balkans, said the troubled province's final status would ultimately be decided by the Security Council after his report.
April 16, 2005 |
This small town perched on rolling hills is just a 20-minute drive from Pristina, Kosovo's capital, but the two might as well be in different countries. In Pristina, signs are in Albanian written in the Roman alphabet, and the currency is the euro. Here in Gracanica, the signs carry the Cyrillic letters of the Serbian language, and the currency is the Serbian dinar.
November 16, 2004 |
U.N. prosecutors in The Hague opened a war crimes case against three members of the Kosovo Liberation Army, the first ethnic Albanians to face the tribunal for actions during the 1998-99 war in Serbia's southern republic. Fatmir Limaj, Haradin Balaj and Isak Musliu are accused of murdering, torturing and imprisoning Serb civilians and perceived Albanian collaborators during the conflict. All have pleaded not guilty.
March 26, 2004 |
The simmering situation in Kosovo boiled over into deadly conflict again last week, leaving hundreds of houses burned to the ground, about 600 people wounded and more than two dozen dead. While Serbs and Albanians engage in mutual recrimination, they agree on this: The Bush administration has neglected the Balkans. Its neglect has created a tinderbox in Kosovo, where frustration and anger now run the risk of spiraling out of control. In 1999, Kosovo Albanians were euphoric when the U.S.
October 15, 2003 |
Serbian and Kosovo Albanian leaders met Tuesday for their first face-to-face talks since the end of the 1998-99 war in what was intended to be a move toward improving relations but at times seemed only to highlight their mutual antagonism. "This is the first time that they have talked to each other. It is a very, very important step," Javier Solana, the European Union's foreign policy chief, said at a news conference.