October 30, 2000 |
Moderate ethnic Albanian leader Ibrahim Rugova claimed a sweeping victory Sunday for his party in Kosovo's first democratic elections and said it is time for the province to become independent of Yugoslavia. The first official results from Saturday's municipal vote will not be released until today, but based on his party's monitoring of the ballot count, Rugova declared victory in two-thirds of Kosovo's towns and cities.
April 12, 2000 |
A lone Serbian observer attended a session of Kosovo's U.N.-run interim government Tuesday, ending a four-month boycott prompted by Serbian suspicions that the organization is pro-Albanian. Kosovo's top U.N. official depicted the move as the start of democracy in the restive southern province of Serbia, and the U.S. office in Pristina, the provincial capital, said the move marked renewed Serbian involvement in rebuilding Kosovo.
November 20, 1999 |
As a postwar power struggle heats up in Kosovo Albanian politics, extremists are trying to silence moderate leaders with a terror campaign of kidnappings, beatings, bombings and at least one killing. The intensified attacks against members of the moderate Democratic League of Kosovo, or LDK, have raised concerns that radical ethnic Albanians are turning against their own out of fear of losing power in a democratic Kosovo.
October 16, 1999 |
As international peacekeepers struggled to keep a lid on ethnic clashes in the divided city of Kosovska Mitrovica on Friday, former Kosovo Liberation Army leaders launched a new political party to participate in elections next year. Creation of the Party for the Democratic Progress of Kosovo--formed mainly from the political wing of the separatist army and headed by guerrilla leader Hashim Thaci--marks a milestone in what the U.N.
September 23, 1999 |
Claiming that the Kosovo Protection Corps is nothing more than an ethnic Albanian army in a new guise, Serbian members resigned Wednesday from the multiethnic council that works with the United Nations and NATO to administer Kosovo. The move was a blow to international efforts to promote reconciliation between ethnic Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo--a province of Serbia, the dominant republic of Yugoslavia--and heralds a new period of tension between the U.N.
March 3, 1999 |
In the strongest sign yet that Kosovo's ethnic Albanian guerrillas plan to sign a peace deal, their firebrand political leader resigned in disgust Tuesday. Because the proposed agreement doesn't guarantee Kosovo's independence, "it will bring the continuation of bloodshed," hard-line nationalist Adem Demaci told reporters. Kosovo is a mainly ethnic Albanian province of Serbia, the dominant republic of Yugoslavia.