April 1, 2001 |
For the United States, the arrest of Slobodan Milosevic marks a major victory in a saga that has involved massive amounts of American leadership, diplomacy and bombs--all of which Washington never wanted to expend. But in the end, for all the contentious debate over U.S. intervention in the Balkans, bringing the former Yugoslav dictator to justice was one thing that both the Clinton and Bush administrations agreed on.
February 3, 2001 |
Balkan issues dominated the State Department's agenda Friday, with visits by Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic, Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic and Ibrahim Rugova, the leader of Kosovo's ethnic Albanians. Rugova said he and Secretary of State Colin L. Powell have an "understanding in general" that independence for Kosovo should be supported. But a State Department official said the independence issue never came up during Powell's meeting with Rugova.
January 20, 2001 |
President Clinton, responding to positive developments in Yugoslavia, notified congressional leaders Friday that he was lifting trade and financial sanctions against the Balkan nation. The easing of sanctions does not apply to former President Slobodan Milosevic, his family, his cronies or indicted war crimes suspects. All told, 81 people will remain under sanctions restrictions.
December 19, 2000 |
U.S. envoys held talks with Yugoslav officials Monday and said they were confident that peace can be restored to a part of Serbia neighboring Kosovo where ethnic Albanian guerrillas are fighting Serbian authorities. William Montgomery, the American ambassador to Yugoslavia, and U.S. Balkans envoy James Pardew held talks with Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Nebojsa Covic in the southern town of Bujanovac, near the boundary with Kosovo.
November 28, 2000 |
The postwar wall of distrust between Yugoslavia and the United States crumbled a bit more Monday as Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica shook hands and spoke briefly here with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. The surprise meeting was the highest-level contact between the two governments in the nearly 18 months since the U.S. led a 78-day bombing campaign against Yugoslavia to end a vicious civil war in the Serbian province of Kosovo.
November 18, 2000 |
Calling it a "debt we owe to an entire generation," Yugoslavia's new democratic government resumed diplomatic relations Friday with the United States, Germany, France and Britain--its foes during last year's conflict in Kosovo. President Clinton marked the event with a promise of about $45 million in emergency food aid to help the Yugoslav people through the winter.