March 11, 2001 |
Talks on a proposed cease-fire between Yugoslav forces and ethnic Albanian guerrillas in southern Serbia's Presevo Valley broke off with no apparent progress Saturday. The difficulties delayed today's plans for Yugoslav troops to begin entering part of a buffer zone between Kosovo and Serbia proper adjacent to the Macedonian border, Yugoslav authorities said.
March 9, 2001 |
NATO agreed Thursday to allow Yugoslav troops to enter a buffer zone next to Kosovo and neighboring Macedonia that ethnic Albanian guerrillas have been using as a haven. The action, aimed at cutting off routes used by the guerrillas, marks a further warming of the alliance's ties with the Yugoslav government and another step in a growing confrontation between NATO-led peacekeepers in Kosovo and ethnic Albanian fighters near the borders of the separatist province.
October 18, 2000 |
Serbia's revenge of the nerds began with a call from a former paramilitary commander with a love of the Internet and an urgent need for recruits. Dragan Vasiljkovic had one crucial assignment left on Oct. 6, as the uprising against Slobodan Milosevic entered its last, critical phase: Seize the customs department from one of Milosevic's most powerful cronies, Mihalj Kertes. The silver-haired Vasiljkovic, 45, hadn't seen battle in years and hadn't slept for two days.
August 4, 2000 |
The Yugoslav army said Thursday that it had arrested two Britons and two Canadians carrying military equipment and explosives in Montenegro and suggested that the four were specialists in sabotage. It said a patrol arrested them Tuesday night along the Montenegrin boundary with Kosovo, adding that they may have been training police in Montenegro, whose pro-Western leaders oppose Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.
December 9, 1999 |
Armed Yugoslav troops seized control of the main airport in Montenegro on Wednesday, raising tensions between federal authorities of President Slobodan Milosevic and the independence-minded republic. The move took place one day before Montenegro planned to take over the strategic facility, which serves as both the republic's main commercial airport and a Yugoslav air force base.
September 30, 1999 |
Thousands of pro-democracy marchers came face to face with Serbia's dreaded Interior Ministry police Wednesday night, but backed down in time to avoid serious violence. An estimated 25,000 protesters, led by Democratic Party President Zoran Djindjic, were dispersed by hundreds of club-wielding riot police in central Belgrade as the crowd headed toward Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's home. The police were backed up by five vehicles mounted with water cannons. "Go back to Kosovo!"