December 7, 2000 |
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.
December 1, 2000 |
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.
June 20, 1998 |
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.
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.