January 21, 2007 |
Once the most powerful of the former Yugoslav republics and a kingdom that reached from the Adriatic to the Aegean, Serbia is about to lose the only vestige of its days of glory: Kosovo. United Nations mediators say they will unveil their plan for the province, which is predominantly ethnic Albanian and Muslim, and has been governed as a U.N. protectorate since 1999, sometime after today's Serbian general elections.
February 15, 2008 |
Serbia will use economic, political and diplomatic measures to stop Kosovo from declaring independence Sunday, but will avoid violence, Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic told an emergency Security Council session Thursday. Jeremic said at the closed-door meeting that allowing the province to secede would do "irreparable harm" to the notion of sovereignty, and would trigger secession by other disaffected territories.
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.
November 30, 2001 |
Prosecutors preparing for the war crimes trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic said they were investigating the chief of staff of the Yugoslav army and Serbia's police chief over alleged atrocities in Kosovo in 1999. Army chief Nebojsa Pavkovic and head of police Sreten Lukic, promoted to their posts after the conflict, played a key role in Milosevic's campaign of "ethnic cleansing" against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo in 1999, U.N. prosecutors in The Hague said.
October 27, 2001 |
Human Rights Watch claims that it has collected detailed evidence to prove that former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic and his associates engineered a campaign of terror in Kosovo. The U.S.-based group's 593-page report concluded that Milosevic's campaign against ethnic Albanian separatists "was clearly coordinated from the top." The report said some of those allegedly involved still hold important positions in Yugoslavia, including Gen.
February 14, 2005 |
Serbian President Boris Tadic, touring Kosovo in the first visit by a Serbian leader since the 1999 war, sought to reassert his country's claim over the U.N.-run province, vowing never to accept its independence. "This is Serbia!" Tadic declared in the village of Silovo, a Serbian enclave in eastern Kosovo, as he began a two-day tour of the province, sparking angry protests by ethnic Albanians in the provincial capital, Pristina.