Recent History of Kosovo, since 1999

NATO airstrikes in 1999 caused Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic to withdraw Serbian forces from Kosovo. The province, while maintaining part of Serbia, was placed under the administration of the United Nations. KFOR, a NATO led multinational force, was charged with keeping the peace; 35 nations contributed.
In 2002 elections, Ibrahim Rugova was elected president; he died in 2006. The future status of Kosovo remained undecided; ethnic Serbs are occasionally victims of acts of violence.
In February 2007 EU commissioner Martti Ahtisaari published a report on Kosovo which proposed de-facto independence, with the rights of ethnic minorities to be guaranteed, and KFOR continuing to maintain troops and police in the country. The plan was opposed by the governments of Serbia, Russia and others. In February 2008, following presidential elctions in Serbia, the Kosovar administration unilaterally declared independence, an act immediately recognized by the U.S., the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Turkey and others, while Serbia vehemently denied the legality of Kosovo's independence, and was supported by Russia, China and others.

Timeline Kosovo, from BBC News
KFOR, from NATO, official
Kosovo : Modern History, from Wikipedia
Kosovo and Metohija, from Serbia Info
Genocide and Conflict in Kosovo, from Web Genocide Documentation Centre
Article Kosovo Liberation Army, from Wikipedia
Kosovo - the Site of a Genocide that never was, by John Pilger
DOCUMENTS Report of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General (Martti Ahtisaari) on Kosovo's Future Status, posted by UNOSEK, March 26th 2007
REFERENCE Noel Malcolm, Kosovo : a Short History, NY UP 1999, KMLA Lib.Sign. 949.71 M243k
Article : Kosovo and Metohija, in : Statesman's Yearbook 2000 pp.1960-1961, 2001 pp.1919-1920, 2002 pp.1988-1989, 2003 pp.1992-1994, 2004 pp.1410-1412, 2005 pp.1421-1423, 2006 pp.1429-1431 [G]

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First posted on October 17th 2006, last revised on February 24th 2008

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