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10 Jun 2005 description

Skopje (dpa) - Macedonian security forces early Friday surrounded a village close to the capital Skopje which has for the past week been occupied by Albanian rebels responsible for an attack on a police patrol on Monday.

The tense siege, which security sources say is aimed at preventing further violence in the village of Kondovo, threatens to shatter the fragile reconciliation process in the tiny Balkan country.

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17 Dec 2004 description

Skopje (dpa) - Top ethnic Albanian politicians in Macedonia said Friday they had reached a deal to end peacefully a month-long stand-off between Albanian gunmen and security forces in the northern suburbs of Skopje.

Former Albanian rebel leader turned politician Ali Ahmeti and his arch-rival Arben Xhaferi told journalists that "the armed stand-off in Kondovo is over''.

The deal was reached just several hours after Macedonian parliament endorsed former defence minister Vlado Buckovski as the country's new prime minister.

Addressing the lawmakers, Buckovski …

24 Aug 2004 description

Skopje (dpa) - The most influential leader of ethnic Albanians in Macedonia, former rebel chief Ali Ahmeti, warned Tuesday that the referendum against new territorial organization of the troubled country could lead to renewed violence similar to 2001.

26 Feb 2004 description

Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski was missing presumed killed along with eight others in a plane crash Thursday while on his way to an international conference, prompting a a stream of condolence messages and tributes from leaders Europe-wide and beyond.

14 Jan 2004 description

Skopje (dpa) - NATO drastically decreased its military presence in Macedonia on Wednesday, cutting down to 129 the number of soldiers and personnel deployed in the troubled Balkan country.

Almost three years after the start of the armed ethnic Albanian rebellion in 2001, western security analysts assessed the situation in Macedonia as stable and decided to downgrade to smaller reforms-related advisory team, NATO said.

16 Dec 2003 description

Skopje (dpa) - Macedonians handed over 7,500 arms during the 45-day weapon amnesty programme, aimed at decreasing illegal weaponry in the ethnically divided country.

Besides small arms, Macedonians and ethnic Albanians also voluntarily submitted some 100,000 pieces of ammunition and 165 kilos of explosives, Blagoja Markovski, the spokesman of the operation, said Tuesday at the end of the programme.

The programme started on November 1, as a joint action by Macedonian authorities and the United Nations Development Programme, which financed most of it.

It involved a …

01 Sep 2003 description

Skopje (dpa) - Macedonia's National Security Council gave the go-ahead to police on Monday to arrest ethnic Albanian gunmen active in the northwest, as hundreds of refugees fled fearing more violence.

President of the Security Council Boris Trajkovski said the Council ''fully supports the multiethnic police in its ongoing arrests of extremist group members terrorising the local population''.

31 Jul 2003 description

Skopje (dpa) - Macedonian police Thursday confirmed the presence of unidentified armed and uniformed groups in Albanian-dominated regions of the country's northwest, local media reported.

Confirmation followed a recent report that a former ethnic Albanian rebel group had rearmed at several improvised camps near the northwestern town of Kumanovo and villages around Skopje.

21 Mar 2003 description

Brussels (dpa) - European Union leaders on Friday pledged closer ties with Serbia and the Western Balkans in reply to the assassination of Serb Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic.

Leaders meeting in Brussels offered ''full support of the European Union (E.U.) in implementing the required reforms, allowing further progress towards European structures, and notably the E.U.''

An E.U.

10 Jan 2003 description

Kumanovo, Macedonia (dpa) - Some 100 houses in the northeastern Macedonian town of Kumanovo were flooded on Friday when torrential rain caused two local rivers to overflow.
There were no casualties reported, but the government sent several army units in the flooded area to contain the damage from the Kojnarka and Lipkovka rivers.

A total of 500 houses have suffered serious damage in two bouts of flooding in the predominantly Roma neighbourhoods of Kumanovo.

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06 Dec 2002 description

Skopje (dpa) - Macedonia will receive 46 million U.S. dollars in aid in 2003, if an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is reached and implemented, the European Commissioner for External Relations, Chris Patten said Friday in Skopje.

''If Macedonia reaches the agreement with IMF we will immediately give the country 20 million dollars. If the country meets the obligations from that deal we will support it with another 26 million after three months'', Patten said after meeting with Macedonian high-ranking officials.

14 Nov 2002 description

Skopje (dpa) - Foreign ministers of 17 Central European countries gathered Thursday in Skopje for an informal meeting aimed at promoting political and economic cooperation.

The three-day annual meeting of the Central European Initiative, the leading subregional cooperation organization, had started on Wednesday - the largest ever political gathering held in Macedonia.

29 Jan 2002 description

Skopje/Prizren (dpa) - The top NATO general in Macedonia confirmed on Tuesday that the alliance would keep its peacekeeping presence in the troubled Balkan country after the ongoing ''Amber Fox'' mission ends in late March, the German army paper said.

''There will be a new mission. De facto it is a prolonged 'Amber Fox','' German General Heinz-Georg Keerl said in an interview with Wednesday's edition of the KFOR paper ''Maz&More,'' printed in Kosovo.

28 Jan 2002 description

Skopje (dpa) - The Macedonian government expects to get at least 90 million dollars from funds raised at a donor's conference scheduled for March, government sources said Monday.

European Union External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten announced earlier Monday that the donor's conference, desperately needed for struggling Macedonian economy, will be held on March 12.

E.U. diplomats said Macedonia urgently needed an estimated 190 million euros (163 million dollars) backing for its budget and 45 million euros in reconstruction aid.

16 Oct 2001 description

Skopje (dpa) - The armed ethnic conflict in Macedonia has cost the economy about 575 million dollars, or 20 per cent of the country's Gross Domestic Product, the Chamber of Commerce in Skopje said Tuesday.

Farming suffered the most by losing 148 million dollars, although part of the damage was attributed to drought. There was 93 million dollars lost in trade; the metals and electric industry lost 66 million dollars; and tourism and catering took a 32-million-dollar hit.

Sales of most products has dropped and many foreign orders were cancelled, the Chamber of Commerce said.

16 Oct 2001 description

Skopje (dpa) - Experts were due to start an operation later in the day to demine a number of villages in area around Tetovo, 35 kilometres west of Skopje, as well as the Tetovo-Jazince road, the government body for crisis management announced Tuesday.

The action is designed to provide safe conditions for the return of displaced persons, it said.

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04 Oct 2001 description

Skopje (dpa) - European Commissioner for Foreign Relations, Chris Patten, and the General Director of Macedonian Power Company, Lambe Arnaudov, on Thursday signed an agreement for 10.5 million euros in financial aid for repairs.

After the signing of the agreement, Patten said that the funds would be intended for repair of damages on the electric-energetic infrastructure, caused by military action in the crisis regions.

01 May 2001 description

Skopje (dpa) - Angry Macedonians attacked ethnic Albanian shops and homes in at least two towns overnight, as tensions following a bloody attack by ethnic Albanian rebels approached a breaking point, officials said Wednesday in Skopje.

The interior ministry said 40 ethnic Albanian and Moslem homes, shops, restaurants and cafes were damaged by stones or torched in Bitola, 170 kilometres southwest of Skopje.

The interior ministry appealed to the population to show restraint, but warned that similar outbreaks of violence are possible in other ethnically mixed cities and towns.

19 Mar 2001 description

Prague (dpa) - The U.N. special envoy for human rights, Jiri Dienstbier, called for firm action against "Albanian extremists" in the fighting on the Macedonian border.

"The organisers of these attacks should be put out of business," Dienstbier said in Prague Monday, calling for "absolutely firm action against Albanian extremists".

21 Jun 1999 description

Luxembourg (dpa) - The European Union Council of Ministers Monday earmarked 150 million euros (around 160 million dollars) for Kosovo refugee aid and reconstruction.