February 14, 2005 |
Serbian President Boris Tadic, touring Kosovo in the first visit by a Serbian leader since the 1999 war, sought to reassert his country's claim over the U.N.-run province, vowing never to accept its independence. "This is Serbia!" Tadic declared in the village of Silovo, a Serbian enclave in eastern Kosovo, as he began a two-day tour of the province, sparking angry protests by ethnic Albanians in the provincial capital, Pristina.
January 29, 2005 |
Serbian army Gen. Vladimir Lazarevic surrendered to authorities and will go to the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague next week to face charges, the government announced. Lazarevic is one of four generals indicted 15 months ago on charges of war crimes in Kosovo province in 1999. The government's refusal to arrest any of them despite constant Western pressure prompted penalties last week by the U.S. and EU.
December 5, 2004 |
Serbia on Saturday demanded that the United Nations administrator of Kosovo annul the election of the province's new prime minister, a former rebel leader accused by Serbs of war crimes. Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica said Kosovo's parliament had jeopardized talks on the province's future as well as regional stability by choosing Ramush Haradinaj, an ethnic Albanian who was a commander in the Kosovo Liberation Army.
October 24, 2004 |
Kosovo's Serb minority largely boycotted general elections, dealing a blow to international efforts to bring multiethnic harmony to the province. The Albanian majority, however, eagerly cast ballots to elect representatives to a 120-seat assembly. The assembly will choose a president and a government that will have limited authority. Kosovo came under the rule of the United Nations and North Atlantic Treaty Organization at the end of a war in 1999.
August 7, 2004 |
A funny thing happened on the way to Athens. The U.S. men's Olympic basketball team, a collection of NBA players who had shown an alarming inability to coalesce into an effective unit, turned into the Detroit Pistons. At least for one night. Coached by Larry Brown, who turned the Pistons into NBA champions last season by stressing discipline, determination and defense, the Olympians adopted that philosophy Friday night in beating Serbia and Montenegro in a warmup game in Belgrade, 78-60.
July 12, 2004 |
One of four Serb generals charged with war crimes in Kosovo said in a television appearance that turning him over to the Netherlands-based U.N. tribunal would be an act of treason. Gen. Vladimir Lazarevic led troops in the 1999 Kosovo campaign in which nearly 10,000 Kosovo Albanians were killed.
June 28, 2004 |
A pro-Western reformer won Serbia's presidential runoff election, defeating a hard-line nationalist ally of former autocrat Slobodan Milosevic. Boris Tadic received 54% of the vote. Nationalist Tomislav Nikolic got 45%, the state electoral commission said. "My hope is that Serbia will never again be led by a man who will spearhead the killing of our countrymen," Tadic said, referring to Milosevic.
June 14, 2004 |
Hard-line nationalist Tomislav Nikolic won the most votes in the election for the republic of Serbia's president but is expected to face an uphill challenge to defeat popular reformer Boris Tadic in a runoff this month. Nikolic, whose Radical Party is led by war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj, now detained in The Hague, finished first in the field of 15 with 30.1% against 27.3% for Tadic, according to projections.
May 29, 2004 |
Gunmen killed the editor of a conservative daily in Podgorica, Montenegro, witnesses and an investigative judge said. The assailants used an automatic rifle to shoot Dusko Jovanovic, editor in chief of the Dan newspaper, in the chest and head as he entered his car in front of his office. The gunmen fled. The Dan paper has been embroiled in libel lawsuits. Jovanovic was indicted last year by the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague for revealing the identity of a protected witness at the court.
May 3, 2004 |
The suspected mastermind of the 2003 assassination of Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic gave himself up to Serbian police, said Miroslav Milosevic, national security chief. Former Red Berets special police commander Milorad "Legija" Lukovic, linked to a Belgrade mafia, gave himself up outside his house in a Belgrade suburb.