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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

GOALS: What the parties in the Kosovo conflict want:




SERBS: Their main demand is that Kosovo remain part of Serbia, the dominant republic of Yugoslavia, and that no NATO troops come into the country to implement a political settlement. The Serbs are willing to allow some degree of autonomy for Kosovo, so long as Serbia remains clearly in charge.


KOSOVO ALBANIANS: They have a common goal - independence - but have been divided over how to achieve it. Moderates won over hard-liners by getting the entire ethnic Albanian delegation to sign the Rambouillet peace agreement that would give Kosovo autonomy instead of full independence for at least three years, with NATO troops providing security. Most Kosovo Albanians will demand some form of freedom from Serb rule, and an international ground force.


NATO: It demands that the Serb offensive in Kosovo must stop, that most Serb and Yugoslav forces withdraw from the region, that the rebel KLA disarm, and that refugees be allowed to return to their homes. It also demands that Yugoslavia accept autonomy for Kosovo for at least three years with an international security force, currently set at 28,000 NATO ground troops.


- The Associated Press