Kosovo stall

March 28, 1998

THE CONTACT group of six powers gave a weak ultimatum to Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic to end repression of the Albanian majority in Kosovo province: End brutality in a month or the world community would impose sanctions specified in an earlier ultimatum.

Mr. Milosevic was not impressed. He gives in only to credible threats. In this case, the resolve of the United States and Britain were not enough to overcome the resistance of Russia, France, Germany and Italy.

A let-up of police repression and talks with the shadow Albanian government in Kosovo might defuse the crisis. This could lead to autonomy within Serbia, not independence or annexation by Albania. But the world is no closer to progress as a result of the contact group's tepid warning.

Pub Date: 3/28/98

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