April 8, 1993 |
The U.N. Security Council, trying to ease its way past hatreds that date more than two millennia to the conquering days of Alexander the Great, finally approved membership in the United Nations for the little republic of Macedonia on Wednesday but under a temporary name and a flag that will not fly in front of U.N. headquarters.
December 28, 1992 |
Greece said Sunday that it will try to stop the U.N. Security Council from recognizing the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia, which it accuses of harboring expansionist ambitions. Foreign Minister Mihalis Papaconstantinou said Greece is launching a campaign of diplomatic shuttles and letter-writing to try to deny Macedonia the nine or more "yes" votes it needs in the 15-member Security Council for recognition.
February 2, 1997 |
Three Finnish U.N. peacekeepers and their Canadian civilian pilot died when their helicopter struck a power line Saturday, Macedonian television reported. It said the helicopter's rotor blade struck the cable, there was an explosion and the aircraft plunged into Mavrovo Lake about 12 miles south of the border dividing Macedonia, the Serbian-ruled province of Kosovo and Albania. Earlier, Finland's STT news agency said all three passengers--a major, a captain and a U.N.
February 26, 1999 |
China vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution extending the stay of peacekeepers in Macedonia for six months, prompting criticism that it was jeopardizing Balkan peace to punish Macedonia for its ties to Taiwan. Beijing said the force wasn't needed because the ethnic conflict in the Serbian province of Kosovo didn't pose a true threat to Macedonia. Taiwan and Macedonia established diplomatic ties last month.
December 12, 1992 |
In a landmark decision, the Security Council voted unanimously Friday to send a battalion of peacekeepers to Macedonia in a gesture aimed at preventing the bloody Yugoslav ethnic conflict from escalating into a Balkans war. Never before has the United Nations sent peacekeepers to an unscathed area fearful of impending war. It normally sends troops to monitor cease-fire lines or peace pacts after a war has subsided.
April 29, 1999 |
A top Macedonian official lashed out at U.N. and European officials Wednesday, calling their handling of the Kosovo refugee crisis a danger to his nation's stability. Macedonian Interior Minister Pavle Trajanov said the international community has failed to produce a long-term plan to deal with the Kosovo crisis, which so far has deposited nearly 200,000 ethnic Albanian refugees in this small Balkan nation.