Balkans: June 12, 2004


Serbia is demanding that NATO attempts to bring peace in Kosovo be scrapped and the province be divided into Serbian and Albanian portions. The Serbs are still angry over the March riots by Albanians, that left 19 people dead, over 900 wounded. The two days of violence also resulted in 4 000 people,  mostly Serbs, fleeing their homes, over 800 houses were burned down, as were 19 Serb Orthodox churches and monasteries. By establishing ethnic enclaves, many of the 120,000 Serbs who fled Kosovo after the UN peacekeepers entered in 1999, could return. There are only about 80,000 Serbs still in Kosovo, compared to nearly 1.7 million Albanians. 


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