July 3, 2005 |
At least three blasts rocked the center of Kosovo's capital, and one targeted the U.N. mission headquarters. There were no immediate reports of any injuries after at least three near-simultaneous blasts in Pristina, said Hua Jiang, chief United Nations spokeswoman. The province has been administered by the U.N. mission and patrolled by NATO-led peacekeepers since 1999, after the alliance bombed Serbian forces waging a crackdown on separatist ethnic Albanians.
June 10, 2005 |
The United States lifted its freeze on a $10-million aid package for Serbia and Montenegro, saying the Balkan country had shown better cooperation with the U.N. war crimes tribunal. The U.S. in January withheld the funds because of Serbia and Montenegro's failure to arrest and extradite several Serb suspects to the tribunal in The Hague. Last year, $16 million in U.S. aid was withheld for the same reason.
April 23, 2005 |
A former Yugoslav army chief wanted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal agreed to surrender to the Netherlands-based court, the Serbian government said. Retired Gen. Nebojsa Pavkovic is wanted in connection with atrocities committed during the 1998-1999 Serb crackdown on ethnic Albanian separatists in Kosovo. The government statement quoted Pavkovic as saying he would go to The Hague as an "honorable soldier who has devoted his life and honor to his country."
March 18, 2005 |
A former Bosnian Serb army officer surrendered to the United Nations war crimes tribunal after being charged in the Srebrenica massacre of nearly 8,000 Bosnian Muslims a decade ago. Drago Nikolic, 47, a former lieutenant in charge of security during the Bosnian Serb army onslaught on Srebrenica, turned himself in at the U.N. detention unit outside The Hague, Netherlands, the tribunal said. Last week, Mico Stanisic, a former Bosnian Serb interior minister, surrendered to the tribunal.
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.