May 23, 1998 |
With violence spreading in the southern Serbian province of Kosovo, talks aimed at finding a solution to the conflict ended with no immediate sign of progress beyond an apparent agreement that the conferees will meet again. "Both sides are ready to talk, and this is encouraging," said Blerim Shala, a member of a team representing Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority in the unprecedented discussions with Serbian authorities.
November 24, 1995 |
Yugoslav Bonds Boosted by Peace Plan: Defaulted Yugoslav bonds soared after Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian leaders agreed to the plan and the U.N. Security Council suspended economic sanctions against Serbia. Yugoslav New Financing Agreement bonds--issued as part of a debt rescheduling in the 1980s before the country splintered and descended into civil war--rose 1.5 points to 46.5 bid and 48.5 offered in London. The bonds have risen 38.6% in value since early September. They are up 12.
May 8, 1999 |
Fehmi Agani, a prominent politician and member of the Kosovo Albanian delegation at February's failed peace talks in France, was found dead today, the state-run Tanjug news agency reported. Tanjug said Agani's body was found by police in Lipljan, about 12 miles south of Kosovo's capital, Pristina. The agency blamed the killing on the Kosovo Liberation Army. Agani was a close aide of Ibrahim Rugova, Kosovo's ethnic Albanian leader who was allowed to leave the country for Rome on Wednesday.
April 15, 1999 |
Searching for a solution to what has become the most extensive European conflict since World War II, European leaders were offered two proposals Wednesday aimed at restoring peace to Yugoslavia, but the sudden diplomatic flurry produced little visible progress. Germany presented the European Parliament with a six-point plan that would engage Russia and the United Nations, both of which have been sidelined so far in efforts to resolve the Kosovo crisis.
May 29, 1999 |
Pointedly ignoring Slobodan Milosevic's new stigma as a war crimes suspect, Russia's envoy for Kosovo engaged the Yugoslav president in nine hours of peace talks Friday here in a city blacked out by the busiest day of bombing in NATO's 9-week-old air assault. In terse statements afterward, both parties made it clear that former Russian Prime Minister Viktor S. Chernomyrdin's effort to mediate between Milosevic and the Western alliance was still on track.
March 16, 1999 |
Last-chance talks on ending the conflict in Serbia's Kosovo province began Monday with ethnic Albanians offering written support for a proposed peace deal, placing their foes with "their backs against the wall," as French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine put it. The ethnic Albanians' assent, British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook agreed, means "we have now taken away from the Serb delegation their first line of defense" for not signing the internationally mandated agreement.