April 29, 2004 |
An international prosecutor found no evidence linking Serbs to the drowning of three ethnic Albanian children that touched off ethnic violence in the province of Kosovo in March, a U.N. spokesman said. Prosecutor Peter Tinsley concluded that "no suspects have been identified" in the deaths in Cabra, a village about 25 miles north of the province's capital, Pristina, the spokesman said. A survivor had said the victims jumped into the river to escape Serb youths chasing them.
March 10, 2004 |
A landmark war crimes trial opened at Belgrade's Special Court for six Serbs accused of slaughtering 192 Croatian prisoners in the Balkan conflicts. The trial over the killings in Vukovar, Croatia, comes under a new prime minister who opposes the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague as biased against Serbs. Serbia's judiciary hopes that if the trial meets international standards, additional cases can be tried at home rather than at the U.N. tribunal.
February 22, 2004 |
Serbia's prime minister-designate said sending suspects to the U.N. war crimes tribunal would not be his top priority, defying U.S. threats to cut aid to the Balkan republic. Vojislav Kostunica said Serbia has more important issues to deal with -- like simmering social tensions and a ruined economy. "This country is not a simple deliverer of human goods to The Hague tribunal," he said. His comments are likely to anger the U.S.
February 21, 2004 |
Vojislav Kostunica, the former Yugoslav president who assumed power after helping to oust Slobodan Milosevic, became Serbia's prime minister-designate after turning to the latter's party for support. The conservative leader is expected to head a minority government backed by Milosevic's Socialist Party of Serbia.
November 14, 2003 |
Serbia and Montenegro President Svetozar Marovic offered a landmark apology to Bosnia on Thursday for the 1992-95 war in which 200,000 died, most of them Muslims vastly outgunned by Belgrade-backed Bosnian Serbs. He made the gesture eight years after the North Atlantic Treaty Organization stopped the fighting and imposed the Dayton peace accord, and three years after the countries -- previously parts of Yugoslavia, which has since been renamed Serbia and Montenegro -- normalized relations.
August 22, 2003 |
Serbian prosecutors charged 44 people, including the former commander of a notoriously brutal police unit, in the assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. Djindjic, known for his pro-Western stance, was gunned down March 12 as he stepped from his car in front of government headquarters in Belgrade. Prime suspect Milorad Lukovic and 15 others were charged with murdering Djindjic, prosecutors said in a statement. Lukovic is a former commander of the Red Berets.
August 5, 2003 |
Gunmen have killed an Indian officer in the first fatal attack on Kosovo's U.N. police force since the 1999 war, U.N. officials said. A U.N. spokesman said a police vehicle was ambushed after it apparently was forced to slow down because of rocks lying on the road to the town of Leposavic in the northern part of the province. "That's when the shooting started," he said. The attack took place in an ethnically mixed region, populated mainly by Serbs but also with some ethnic Albanian villages, U.
July 25, 2003 |
Two hand grenades exploded outside a U.N. police station in the province of Kosovo, killing one person and injuring four, officials said. The blasts occurred in the ethnic Albanian part of the divided town of Kosovska Mitrovica, 25 miles northwest of Pristina, the provincial capital, U.N. spokesman Gyorgy Kakuk said. It was the third attack in a week on a police station staffed by U.N. and local police. U.N.
July 17, 2003 |
A court in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, convicted four ethnic Albanian rebels and sentenced them to prison for atrocities committed during their 1998-99 war with Yugoslav forces in the province. Judges sentenced Rrustem Mustafa and three of his associates to terms ranging from five to 17 years for ordering the arrest, torture and killing of ethnic Albanians suspected of collaborating with the Serb regime of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. U.N.