Hague special tribunal investigating allegations of atrocities committed by Kosovo pro-independence fighters opens its first case against a commander, Salih Mustafa, accused of torturing prisoners during the 1998-1999 conflict with Serbia.
Serbia refuses to recognise Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence after the province broke away in the bloody 1998-99 war that was ended only by a NATO bombing campaign against Serb troops.
Ramush Haradinaj says he was resigning after being called to The Hague war crimes court linked to Kosovo's violent independence struggle.
Kosovo parliament passes bills laying the groundwork for creating Kosovo's own army but Serbia says the decision will have "unforeseeable consequences" for the security in the region.
Serbia President Aleksandar Vucic planned to visit a Serb-populated village in central Kosovo, but Kosovo Albanians blocked roads leading to the region.
The marchers called to attention over 13,500 people who were killed or went missing during the 1998-1999 Kosovo war many of whom who have not been found
Kosovo's bloody war for independence ended with a 78-day NATO air campaign in June 1999, which stopped a bloody Serbian crackdown against ethnic Albanian separatists.
In 1993, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia was formed in the wake of the massacres in Prijedor. It was to hold those most responsible for the violence in the region to account. Yet many are dubious about its achievements.
Serbia has charged Kosovo’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj with murdering Serbs in the late 1990s war. Haradinaj, who has twice been tried and acquitted by the UN war crimes tribunal in the Hague, denies any wrongdoing.
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