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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

1999
 

March
23: Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic continued his military offensive in Kosovo, sending thousands to flee to Pristina, the provincial capital of Kosovo.

  • Post Analysis: The United States and its North Atlantic allies are hoping to halt the fighting quickly, without a winner.

    22: Yugoslav forces executed 10 men during their door-to-door search for supporters of ethnic Albanian separtists.

    21: Despite the threat of NATO military action, Serbia launched an offensive against villages in Kosovo.

    19: The second round of peace talks collapsed as the Serbian delegation rejected the peace plan which the ethnic Albanians signed. The United States warned that NATO is preparing airstrikes against Serbian forces. Meanwhile, President Clinton faced criticism about his foreign policy.

    February

  • Kosovo peace talks opened Feb. 7 in Rambouillet, France. After more than two weeks of tense negotiations between ethnic Albanians, and the Serb delegation representing a defiant Yugolsav President Slobodan Milosevic, Western allies mediating the talks asked both sides to return to France in three weeks for a new round of meetings.

  • Top Pentagon officials announced the U.S. would commit 2,000 to 4,000 troops to the overall NATO force, ranging from 20,000 to 30,000, for peacekeeping efforts in Kosovo.

    January

  • The slaughter of 45 Kosovar civilians, an explosive event Western officials blame on Yugoslav forces fighting the ethnic Albanian rebels, renewed NATO's threat of airstrikes against Milosevic if he doesn't restore peace in the restive province.

  • The United States and five European powers demanded that the Yugoslav government and separatist ethnic Albanians accept a negotiated settlement to end the conflict with the increased threat of NATO airstrikes. Plans for an accord are further complicated after Serbian police kill 24 ethnic Albanians in the village of Rogovo.

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

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