CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1999 |
The future role of the Kosovo Liberation Army has become the blind spot in the Kosovo peace plan. NATO is attempting to shed light on the issue by meeting with KLA leaders to discuss "demilitarization," but the ensuing debate has become more pedantic than practical. Under the current plan, NATO will still leave hundreds of thousands of small arms--assault rifles, handguns and grenades--in the hands of the KLA. The term "demilitarization" has gradually replaced "disarmament," both in the U.N.
September 9, 1999 |
Two Serbian villages in the U.S.-controlled eastern part of Kosovo were attacked, leaving two people dead, peacekeepers said. A woman and a man were killed and four others injured Tuesday in Donja Budriga. Villagers blamed the attack on the rebel Kosovo Liberation Army. A day later, the nearby village of Ranilug also came under attack. International officials fear that attempts to destabilize the province will increase as the Sept. 19 deadline for the KLA to disarm nears.
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 1, 2002 |
Kosovo's main ethnic Albanian parties overcame differences and pledged to share power, breaking a three-month stalemate. The top candidate for president, Ibrahim Rugova, of the moderate Democratic League of Kosovo, won general elections in November. But his party failed to win enough votes to govern alone, and Rugova refused to form a coalition. Under the deal, Rugova will become president.
June 30, 1998 |
Serbian forces battled Monday to regain control of a Kosovo mining village captured by ethnic Albanian separatists, forcing thousands of villagers to flee into the woods under a hail of shells. More than 8,000 people left their homes in the southern town of Belacevac and a neighboring village. The Serbs were trying to retake the Belacevac open-pit mine, which fell to the Kosovo Liberation Army last week.
September 10, 1999 |
A Gypsy woman was shot and killed by men in Kosovo Liberation Army uniforms in the southern Kosovo town of Suva Reka, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization said. Ethnic Albanians accuse Gypsies of siding with Serbs in Kosovo, the Yugoslav province where Serbian forces carried out an "ethnic cleansing" campaign that sparked NATO's 11-week air war. The shooting of the 65-year-old woman occurred late Wednesday, NATO officials said in Pristina, the provincial capital.