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June 6, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A Serb teenager was shot dead in the Serbian enclave of Gracanica, and police quickly arrested two ethnic Albanians suspected of trying to ignite another round of ethnic violence in Kosovo, a province administered by the United Nations. U.N. police spokesman Malcolm Ashby said Dimitrije Popovic, 16, died when gunmen fired from a car into a group of young Serbs at a hamburger kiosk at 2 a.m. Police in Pristina later stopped a car and seized two Albanians with guns.
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February 16, 2008 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
With the province of Kosovo expected to declare independence from Serbia this weekend, it is increasingly unlikely that Europe will offer a united pledge of support, officials and diplomats across the region say. There is unease in several countries over the precedent Kosovo's secession would set and over the ability of the corruption-plagued government in the ethnic Albanian province to rule.
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February 15, 2008 | Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
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.
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February 15, 2008 | Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
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.
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February 9, 2008 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
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.
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November 30, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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October 27, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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February 14, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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August 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Police shot and killed a uniformed gunman in an ethnic Albanian area bordering the breakaway Kosovo province. Serbian Interior Minister Dragan Jocic said the incident occurred late Saturday when a police patrol tackled masked and uniformed men who had been attacking cars on a road leading to Kosovo.
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February 11, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
United Nations police fired tear gas and rubber bullets during clashes with ethnic Albanians in Kosovo protesting against a U.N. plan they say falls short of full independence from Serbia. Hospital officials said they treated 70 people, including four who were seriously injured. Fourteen people were arrested as Kosovo and U.N. riot police advanced on hundreds of demonstrators who were hurling stones and bottles. The clashes, which echo riots in November, underscored Western fears of what the U.
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February 9, 2008 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
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.
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February 8, 2008 | Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
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.
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January 13, 2008 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
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.
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December 20, 2007 | Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
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.
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December 9, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
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."
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November 18, 2007 | From the Associated Press
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.
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December 20, 2007 | Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
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.
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December 9, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
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."
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October 9, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Serbian police detained 56 neo-Nazis who defied a ban and demonstrated to demand that the contested province of Kosovo remain part of Serbia. The arrests came after clashes broke out between the extremists and anti-fascists holding a counter-demonstration. Kosovo, where ethnic Albanians make up 90% of the population, remains part of Serbia.
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September 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
An explosion killed two people and injured 12 when it tore through shops today in the capital of Serbia's breakaway Kosovo province. The explosion scattered glass and debris from a dozen shops on Pristina's Bill Clinton Boulevard. Part of a building collapsed. The cause of the blast was not known. It came at a time of rising tension within Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority over its stalled bid for independence from Serbia.
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