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Serbian Government Wants Kosovo Back

Claiming U.N. officials failed to establish democracy in Kosovo, the Serbian government said Tuesday it wants to retake control of the province but pledged to give it “substantial autonomy.” The government laid out its hopes of regaining authority in the south Serbian province in a document that is Belgrade’s first comprehensive statement on its policy on Kosovo since former President Slobodan Milosevic was ousted from power in 2000. Belgrade lost authority over Kosovo in 1999, when NATO launched 78 days of airstrikes against Serb troops to force them out of the province. The troops, under Milosevic’s command, had waged a brutal campaign from 1998-1999 against the province’s independence-seeking ethnic Albanian rebels. Full Story

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