1974-1989 since 1999







History of Kosovo, 1989-1999


In 1989 the autonomous status of Kosovo within Serbia was cancelled by Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. In 1990 leaders of Kosovo's Albanian majority proclaimed independence; Milosevic dissolved the government of Kosovo. In the fall of 1990, tenthousands of ethnic Albanian state employees were fired. In 1992 the Kosovo Albanians elected Ibrahim Rugova president of (an imaginary) Repoublic of Kosovo.
While the War of Yugoslav Disintegration was fought in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, tying the Yugoslav army, low-scale violence took place in Kosovo.
In 1996 the Dayton Agreement ended the conflicts in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 1998, responding to actions by Kosovo Albanian separatists, Serb police and regular forces began a concerted action, the Kosovo War. Several hundred thousand Kosovo Albanians were driven from their homes, looked for safety in Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro. In September 1998 NATO issued an ultimatum to the government of Rest-Yugoslavia; in March 1999 NATO launched air strikes against Rest-Yugoslavia. Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic ordered the withdrawal of Serb forces from Kosovo.






EXTERNAL
LINKS
Timeline Kosovo, from BBC News
Kosovo : Modern History, from Wikipedia
CASCON Case KOS : Kosovo 1989-, by L.P. Bloomfield, L. Moulton
DOCUMENTS
REFERENCE Noel Malcolm, Kosovo : a Short History, NY UP 1999, KMLA Lib.Sign. 949.71 M243k
Article : Kosovo (and Metohija), in : Statesman's Yearbook 1989-1990 pp.1612-1613, 1990-1991 p.1614, 1991-1992 p.1610, 1992-1993 pp.1619-1620, 1993-1994 p.1620, 1994-1995 pp.1619-1620, 1995-1996 pp.1614-1615, 1996-1997 p.1612, 1997-1998 p.1616, 1998-1999 pp.1754-1755 [G]


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First posted on October 17th 2006, last revised on February 28th 2007

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