February 9, 2008 |
Serbian President Boris Tadic made a last-minute plea to world leaders Friday to avoid recognizing an independent Kosovo, insisting that though Serbia remains committed to full integration with Europe, "we cannot accept the dismemberment of our nation." With the Serbian province now widely expected to declare independence Feb.
February 8, 2008 |
Kosovo plans to unilaterally declare independence from Serbia on Feb. 17, European and U.S. diplomats at the U.N. said Thursday. The move, though long expected, will be strongly opposed by Serbia and its powerful ally, Russia, triggering fears of renewed conflict in a region still haunted by Serbia's "ethnic cleansing" of Kosovo Albanians in the late 1990s.
January 13, 2008 |
To a muddy field lashed by razor-sharp winds, about 50 brave Serbs have come home. Their houses here on the edge of an ethnic Albanian town have been repaired, or new ones built. A few rows of wheat and corn have been planted. But there are no jobs, no school, and danger lurks. Graffiti from shadowy anti-Serb militias scar the walls of nearby buildings.
December 20, 2007 |
The Security Council on Wednesday ended its attempt to resolve the status of Kosovo because of Russian objections, leaving it to the European Union and NATO to foster the breakaway province's move toward independence without sparking new conflict in the Balkans. Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority plans to declare independence from Serbia early next year, with the backing of the United States and most European nations.
December 9, 2007 |
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana expects no violence in Serbia's breakaway province of Kosovo after the deadline for mediated talks between federal and provincial officials expires Monday, a German newspaper reported. "I don't expect unrest after Dec. 10," Solana was quoted today as saying in an interview with Welt am Sonntag newspaper. "I expect that the Serbs and Kosovo Albanians will be prudent and won't risk stability in the Balkans."
November 18, 2007 |
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.