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April 12, 2000 | Associated Press
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.
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March 5, 2002 | DAVID HOLLEY and BLERIM GJOCI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Moderate ethnic Albanian leader Ibrahim Rugova was elected president of Kosovo on Monday in a key step toward building the political structures of democratic self-rule--and perhaps toward ethnic reconciliation. A new parliament in the southern Serbian province also elected Bajram Rexhepi as prime minister. Rexhepi, 47, is a surgeon who broke with Rugova's party four years ago, then worked as a field doctor for the Kosovo Liberation Army.
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December 7, 2000 | From Reuters
Albanian Prime Minister Ilir Meta made an unprecedented visit to Kosovo on Wednesday, urging dialogue to avoid more violence in a tense area of southern Serbia bordering the province. Meta met local and international authorities during the first official visit by an Albanian government leader to the majority ethnic Albanian province, a de facto international protectorate still legally part of Serbia, the main Yugoslav republic. Kosovo's U.N.
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December 7, 2000 | From Reuters
Albanian Prime Minister Ilir Meta made an unprecedented visit to Kosovo on Wednesday, urging dialogue to avoid more violence in a tense area of southern Serbia bordering the province. Meta met local and international authorities during the first official visit by an Albanian government leader to the majority ethnic Albanian province, a de facto international protectorate still legally part of Serbia, the main Yugoslav republic. Kosovo's U.N.
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December 1, 2000 | From Reuters
NATO Secretary-General George Robertson told Kosovo political leaders Thursday to use their influence to rein in ethnic Albanian guerrillas operating in the Serbian border area. Robertson, on a one-day visit to Kosovo, said he was concerned about a recent upsurge in activity by the guerrillas in an area that borders southern Serbia. The violence left four Serbian policemen dead last week.
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October 16, 1999 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 23, 1999 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
March 3, 1999 | PAUL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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October 30, 2000 | PAUL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 20, 1999 | PAUL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
December 1, 2000 | From Reuters
NATO Secretary-General George Robertson told Kosovo political leaders Thursday to use their influence to rein in ethnic Albanian guerrillas operating in the Serbian border area. Robertson, on a one-day visit to Kosovo, said he was concerned about a recent upsurge in activity by the guerrillas in an area that borders southern Serbia. The violence left four Serbian policemen dead last week.
NEWS
October 30, 2000 | PAUL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 12, 2000 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
November 20, 1999 | PAUL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
October 16, 1999 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
September 23, 1999 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
March 5, 2002 | DAVID HOLLEY and BLERIM GJOCI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Moderate ethnic Albanian leader Ibrahim Rugova was elected president of Kosovo on Monday in a key step toward building the political structures of democratic self-rule--and perhaps toward ethnic reconciliation. A new parliament in the southern Serbian province also elected Bajram Rexhepi as prime minister. Rexhepi, 47, is a surgeon who broke with Rugova's party four years ago, then worked as a field doctor for the Kosovo Liberation Army.
NEWS
June 20, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
The top political leader of Kosovo's ethnic Albanians appealed Friday for direct NATO intervention in the province, fearing that Serbian forces are readying new attacks on his people. "NATO should undertake all possible measures to prevent further massacres and protect the people of Kosovo," Ibrahim Rugova told a news conference in Pristina, the capital of the southern Serbian province. Ethnic Albanians outnumber Serbs in Kosovo, 9 to 1.
NEWS
June 19, 1999 | PAUL WATSON and MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The separatist Kosovo Liberation Army is trying to assert government control in Kosovo, despite NATO's insistence that a U.N. civilian administration will run the Serbian province. An interim government declared and dominated by the KLA this week named a Cabinet whose ministers will meet in the guerrillas' headquarters here to deal with such issues as financial affairs, education, health care and justice in the province.
NEWS
March 3, 1999 | PAUL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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