March 23, 2001 |
Fighting between security forces and ethnic Albanian guerrillas resumed Thursday after a 24-hour lull as the Macedonian government spurned a rebel offer of peace talks and put the army in charge of a struggling anti-insurgency campaign. Two suspected guerrillas were killed and four government troops were wounded in scattered confrontations as unilateral cease-fires on both sides ended, dashing faint hopes for a quick settlement of an armed conflict over ethnic minority rights.
March 6, 2001 |
International concern about fighting along the Macedonia-Kosovo border grew Monday as ethnic Albanian guerrillas clashed with Macedonian security forces. U.S. peacekeepers on the Kosovo side of the border said they observed ethnic Albanian fighters in apparent retreat after stashing their weapons and changing out of uniform in homes or barns. But the Macedonian Defense Ministry said an estimated 150 to 300 guerrillas continued to hold the border village of Tanusevci.