CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2000
Re "Once Again, Milosevic Is Having His Way With Peacekeepers," Opinion, Feb. 20: I was appalled by Susan Blaustein's unfair and inaccurate account of what happened in Kosovska Mitrovica, accusing the French soldiers in the KFOR forces of favoring the Serbs against the Albanians. It is surprising that the effort to prevent the bloodshed of an armed confrontation between two ethnic groups should be blamed as taking sides. Blaustein seems to ignore that France was the second-largest participant in the NATO airstrikes against Slobodan Milosevic's Yugoslavia and that the French soldiers in Mitrovica were under the command of the multinational KFOR forces commanded by a German general.
February 21, 2008
Re "U.S., many in EU recognize Kosovo," Feb. 19 Kosovo declares independence, and nations with disaffected minorities such as Russia and China cry bad precedent. We need to remember the causative event: Slobodan Milosevic, with violence and threat of destruction, tried to expel Albanian Kosovars from their ancestral home. Similar to the Holocaust, this is an event that changed history. To all nations with disaffected minorities, including the U.S.: Don't think that violence or repression will change history in your favor.
May 8, 2001 |
Macedonian troops battled ethnic Albanian rebels in northern villages and forced guerrillas to retreat across the border into Kosovo. The government said it had inflicted "serious losses." The fighting was also prompting civilians to flee, with about 300 refugees, primarily from the Kumanovo area, crossing the border into Kosovo, a U.N. official said. Kumanovo has been the center of the latest violence. Other civilians huddled in basements.
February 20, 2008 |
Well-organized Serbian gangs torched buildings Tuesday along the border between Serbia and Kosovo in a defiant rejection of the breakaway province's declaration of independence. Huge flames and walls of black smoke engulfed border posts and United Nations police and customs offices in the most serious violence to date over Kosovo's unilateral split from Serbia, declared Sunday by the ethnic Albanian government. U.N.
July 18, 2001 |
U.S. peacekeepers said they had seized hundreds of mortar rounds as well as other ammunition and weapons after searching houses and a vehicle in southeastern Kosovo. The seizure was the latest in a series by North Atlantic Treaty Organization peacekeepers trying to crack down on the smuggling of weapons to ethnic Albanian guerrillas in nearby Macedonia. Peacekeepers found 372 mortar rounds, 40 shotgun shells and 42 detonation fuses in a van stopped in the town of Surlane.
March 25, 1999 |
Even as U.S. warplanes dropped bombs on Yugoslavia, many Americans admitted Wednesday that they didn't know much at all about the conflict in Kosovo. "I really haven't been following it," said 76-year-old Rollie Braun, a World War II veteran from Madison, Wis. "I wish I could give you a smart answer." When President Clinton tried to rally support for U.S. intervention, he acknowledged the difficult educational task ahead and urged Americans to "get down an atlas."
May 3, 2000 |
President Robert Kocharyan fired Armenia's prime minister and his government and tightened police security around government buildings. In a statement read on national TV, Kocharyan said he dismissed Prime Minister Aram Sarkisyan--whose brother and predecessor died in a parliament shootout--for allowing the former Soviet republic's economy to deteriorate and ignoring discord in the military. Apparently fearing unrest, Kocharyan stepped up the police presence around government buildings and the headquarters of the Unity alliance, which has a majority in parliament and has shown increasing dissatisfaction with the president.
June 12, 2009 |
NATO agreed to cut its peacekeeping force in Kosovo to 10,000 troops from 14,000 as part of a plan under which the alliance's troop strength there could fall to little more than 2,000 over two years. Kosovo defied Serbia last year by declaring independence and was backed by many Western powers. NATO armies, stretched by conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, have been looking to wind down their presence in Kosovo.
March 10, 2008 |
She purses her lips in a "tsk-tsk" when asked difficult questions. Questions about her life, about the husband who beats her, the father who denies her an inheritance and a place to live. Slightly hunchbacked, her thin frame barely fills the several layers of donated clothing she wears. At 26, she looks 15. She has three children and an elementary-school education. When she showed up at the door of a women's shelter here, purple bruises blotched her face and framed her shattered, crooked nose.
February 21, 2008 |
NATO peacekeepers reopened two demolished border checkpoints between Serbia and northern Kosovo on Wednesday as thousands of Serbs protested Kosovo's independence. For three days, Kosovo's Serbs have shown their anger over Sunday's declaration of independence by the ethnic Albanian leadership, destroying United Nations and NATO property, setting off small bombs and staging noisy rallies.