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NATO Peacekeeping: June 10 to Present | NATO Airstrikes: March 24 to June 9
Peace Negotiations: January to March 23 | Kosovo Background: 1980s to 1998

12: The Clinton Administration blocked efforts by European allies to restore commercial air service to Yugoslavia, a senior official said. Still, European foreign ministers approved $5 million in fuel oil assistance for Serbia despite U.S. concerns.

29: Two Serbs were killed by a grenade blast in a marketplace in Kosovo, another in a succession of ethnically motivated hate crimes since the end of the NATO air campaign.

24: Senior U.S. officials dropped their opposition to Kosovo's independence from Yugoslavia, saying that the Clinton administration increasingly sees the province's secession as inevitable.

21: NATO and the Kosovo Liberation Army reached agreement on a plan to transform the rebel organization into a civil defense group.

19: There were sharp divisions among NATO commanders during the 78-day air campaign against Yugoslavia, reports The Post's Dana Priest in a three part series.

25: Fourteen Serbian farmers were killed by gunfire within earshot of British peacekeeping troops in the worst single attack against Kosovo's Serbian civilians since NATO forces entered the province six weeks ago.

18: Vuk Draskovic, Serbia's most powerful opposition figure, rallied tens of thousands of frustrated cities in one of the largest protests against President Slobodan Milosevic.

17: Ethnic Albanian leader Ibrahim Rugova unexpectedly departed for Macedonia, only hours after returning to Kosovo, leaving an empty chair at the inaugural meeting of a U.N.-sponsored government council.

16: Major disagreements among the rival claimants to power in Kosovo are hampering efforts to begin rebuilding Kosovo's tattered economy, political structures and social services.

14: Serbia's charismatic and bombastic opposition leader Vuk Draskovic, called on his supporters to join him in "massive rallies all over Serbia" as part of the growing movement to force Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic from office.

11: Aid workers dismantled Stenkovic I, the refugee camp in Macedonia that once held 30,000 Kosovo Albanians.

10: NATO officials say 350 ethnic Albanians may be buried in mass graves around a mountain village in western Kosovo. Meanwhile, senior KLA officers formed a new political party in preparation for elections in the province next spring.

9: Despite initial concerns by NATO, there are relatively few signs of damage from either the Serbs or the NATO bombing campaign throughout most of Kosovo.

8: NATO is reviewing an "awkward" decision to assign Russian peacekeeping troops to a Kosovo town where Dutch forces believe they have cornered some suspected Serbian war criminals.

7: Although Russia openly sided with Serbia during NATO's bombing campaign, a second wave of Russian soldiers joined the allied peacekeeping force in Pristina.

6: After 11 hours of talks, NATO and Russian negotiators reached an agreement, opening the way for swift deployment of a Russian Kosovo contingent of 3,600 troops within a NATO-led force that eventually will total more than 50,000.

5: A NATO delegation flew to Moscow in hopes of resolving the latest flap over the role of Russian peacekeepers in Kosovo.

4: British troops guarding a building filled with Serb officials killed two ethnic Albanians during a celebration of Kosovo's independence in Pristina. The soldiers misread the Kosovars' celebratory gunfire as an attack.

3:Leaders of Kosovo's ethnic Albanian and Serbian communities appealed for an end to the violent revenge-taking by ethnic Albanians that continues to plague this battered province three weeks after the arrival of NATO peacekeepers.

2: NATO's top commander said President Slobodan Milosevic is still firmly in control of the military and secret police, and is taking menacing military steps against the opposition leadership in the republic of Montenegro.

1: Retaliatory beatings, killings and arson by enraged ethnic Alabanians seeking revenge against Serbs continue at a pace that is driving apart even those who want to live together.

30: Thousands of people called for the removal of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic and his government in the first mass opposition demonstration since the beginning of the war in Kosovo.

29: Hundreds of Kosovo Albanians, fired a decade ago in a Belgrade government purge, demanded their state jobs back in spirited demonstrations.

28: The Kosovo war revealed a profound gap between the capabilities of the United States and its European allies that could soon lead to serious friction over how to share defense burdens, according to senior NATO officials and diplomats.

27: Ever since ethnic Albanian refugees began streaming out of the province in late March at the start of a Serb-led Yugoslav offensive and NATO bombing campaign, there have been allegations of systematic rape by Yugoslav and Serbian forces.

26: U.S. Marines shot and killed a presumed assailant in the southeastern Kosovo city of Gnjilane after one or more gunmen attacked a group of them.

25: Leaders of Montenegro are stepping up their defiance of Belgrade and are increasingly talking about the possibility of full independence for their republic.

24:At least four gunmen opened fire on a U.S. Marine platoon at a checkpoint in southeastern Kosovo, provoking a lengthy gun battle that left one of the gunmen dead and two wounded with no American casualties.

23: President Clinton made his first visit to the Balkans since the beginning of NATO's air campaign, where urged refugees in Macedonia to delay returning to their homeland until NATO can clear the land mines.

22: In Belgrade, refugee Serbs held protest rallies, assailing Slobodan Milosevic for abandoning them to their fates and NATO for the bombing campaign.

21: NATO formally declared an end to its air war against Yugoslavia following the departure of the last Yugoslav troops from Kosovo.

20: NATO forces are preparing to escalate the disarming of ethnic Albanian guerrillas who are trying to take over police duties and committing violence against rival Serbian communities.

19:NATO forces took control of the last major cities in Kosov, but with less than one-third of the full peacekeeping contingent in the province, acts of violence by both departing Serbs and newly empowered ethnic Albanians continued to proliferate.

18:Ethnic Albanians continued the stampede home to Kosovo and the International War Crimes Tribunal announced the discovery of documents and tools of torture in Pristina that could prove that the Yugoslav government authorized atrocities.

17: NATO commanders moved to rein in the newly empowered ethnic Albanian guerrillas and allay concerns about reprisals against Serbian civilians.

16: Several thousand ethnic Albanian refugees returned to Kosovo as NATO peacekeepers struggled to contain violence and looting by Serbian police and civilians making a chaotic exit from the province.

15: Armed ethnic Albanian guerrillas swept triumphantly into the southern Yugoslav city of Prizren, reminding NATO peacekeepers that the rebels are bent on asserting a role in a new Kosovo.

14: Ethnic Albanians across Kosovo emerged en masse from more than two months in hiding to reclaim streets, cafes and village squares for themselves.

13: Hundreds of Yugoslav soldiers, packed in military vehicles, pulled out of the battered city of Pristina, eyewitnesses said.

12: NATO troops rolled into Kosovo to begin the allied occupation of the shattered province, hours after a convoy of Russian military vehicles stunned Western leaders and apparently even officials in Moscow by arriving there first.

11: Yugoslav troops began pulling out of Kosovo and NATO suspended its 11-week air campaign as the vanguard of an international peacekeeping force, including U.S. troops, geared up on the borders of the battered province.

10: Yugoslav military commanders signed an agreement yesterday to withdraw their forces from Kosovo, making way for the entry of U.S. and allied peacekeeping troops and the return home of more than a million ethnic Albanians.

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