Yugoslavia: One Step Away From Chaos

One Step Away From Chaos

Day after day, police and irate ethnic Albanians clashed in Yugoslavia's southern Kosovo province as the demonstrators protested their domination by the Serbian republic, of which Kosovo is a part. By the end of last week at least 20 people were dead, and the Yugoslav daily Vecernje Novosti warned, "Kosovo is a step away from civil war."

The unrest began late last month, when 40,000 Albanians took to the streets of Pristina, Kosovo's capital, demanding the resignation of local leaders, free elections and the release of political prisoners. Kosovo's 1.7 million Albanians, who out-number Serbs and Montenegrins in the region almost...

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