October 28, 2001 |
A long-stalled peace deal for Macedonia could be adopted by the parliament as early as this week, a top European Union official said after meeting with leaders of the country's rival ethnic groups. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana announced Friday that ethnic Macedonian and ethnic Albanian leaders had resolved their differences over constitutional changes envisaged by the Aug. 13 peace accord.
October 23, 2001 |
In a key test of Macedonia's peace process, the first ethnically mixed police units deployed Monday to areas seized by ethnic Albanian rebels during clashes with government troops earlier this year. Sent to villages where tensions still smolder, the small groups of police are part of a Western-engineered peace accord signed by ethnic Macedonian and minority ethnic Albanian leaders in August. No violence was reported in Monday's patrols.
September 28, 2001 |
Macedonia's ethnic Albanian guerrilla movement announced its dissolution Thursday, and NATO launched a security mission to buttress a fragile new peace while parliament grappled with reforms. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization said it hoped there would be no serious problems with the government's intention to move police and refugees back into rebel-dominated areas in coming weeks, because these steps were being coordinated with international peacekeepers.
September 27, 2001 |
As NATO troops begin to leave Macedonia today at the end of a one-month mission to disarm rebels, uncertainty prevails over the country's peace process. The mission, which NATO Secretary-General George Robertson this week called "a resounding success," collected 3,875 weapons, along with mines, explosives and ammunition, from ethnic Albanian guerrillas. It also broke the cycle of violence that had gripped the country for seven months.
September 25, 2001 |
Parliament on Monday reluctantly approved in principle 15 constitutional amendments underpinning a peace agreement with ethnic Albanian guerrillas. Hours before the vote, state security forces shot and killed an ethnic Albanian at a checkpoint, a sign of the persisting tension along cease-fire lines in the north.
September 17, 2001 |
Putting peace efforts to the test, this nation's defense minister said Sunday that his government plans this week to start shepherding ethnic Macedonians who fled real or feared violence back to regions populated by ethnic Albanians. An outbreak of violence, however, reflected continued ethnic tensions. Police reported a 45-minute firefight between the villages of Semsevo and Zilce, northeast of Tetovo.