February 8, 1999 |
Cloistered on separate floors of a chateau near Paris, Serbian and ethnic Albanian delegations began negotiations via messenger Sunday in a bid to staunch the bloodletting and violence in the Balkan region of Kosovo. "They have not met together," U.S. spokesman Phil Reeker told a briefing called to sum up the first real day of talks, which formally opened Saturday evening.
December 7, 1999 |
NATO's intervention to end the brutal repression of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo has failed to stop a vicious cycle of violence in which even children are taking part, human rights investigators reported Monday in the most detailed look yet at Kosovo's war. Ethnic Albanian children as young as 10 are being used by adults to carry out attacks on Serbs and other minorities, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said in two lengthy reports.
March 16, 2000 |
U.S. troops in Kosovo on Wednesday raided command posts, staging areas and arms caches of ethnic Albanian militias in what U.S. and NATO officials described as the first military action against former allies who now threaten the success of the Kosovo peacekeeping mission. American officials described the operation as a preemptive strike to prevent Kosovo Albanian fighters from smuggling weapons and launching cross-border attacks in Serbia from the U.S.-patrolled sector of southeastern Kosovo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1998
Jim Hoagland (Commentary, March 13) advocates that the U.S. should stop opposing the aspirations of Kosovo Albanians, Kurds, Timorese or Tibetans. Bosnian Muslims have succeeded in dragging the U.S. and NATO into their quest for domination of Bosnia-Herzegovina at the cost of $20 billion-30 billion thus far, with 35,000 troops on the ground indefinitely. Following this precedent, our troops, as revolution implementors, should start training for Kosovo, Kurdistan, East Timor and Tibet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1999
Establishing civilian rule for the Kosovars is proving no less difficult than waging a war against their Serbian oppressors. Kosovo Liberation Army irregulars are filling the power vacuum that NATO troops and United Nations police failed to fill, carrying out "ethnic cleansing" of their own. They are killing Kosovo Serbs and Gypsies, burning their homes and looting, though at a level far short of the murderous campaign that the Serb army imposed, as detailed in a Times report on Sunday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1999 |
The day before she flew to Paris for the Kosovo peace talks, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright met in her office with a small delegation of Kosovo Serbs led by Bishop Artemije Radosavljevic. She delighted them by speaking a few words of Serbian and recalling fondly her childhood days in Belgrade. She assured her visitors that she harbored no animus against the Serbian people. Twenty-four hours later in Paris, she remarked brusquely that the Serbs should "wake up and smell the coffee."
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.
March 24, 1998 |
Setting off a wave of protests, Serbian and ethnic Albanian delegates in tense Kosovo province agreed Monday to return Albanian students to the schools they have been unable or unwilling to attend for years. The agreement was seen as an important first step in restoring Albanian rights and a rare positive gesture amid a deadly police crackdown on Albanian separatists. But numerous education issues were left unresolved, and resistance from Serbs was instantaneous.
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.
September 27, 1998 |
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.