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Modern AlbaniaFrom Dictatorship to Democracy in Europe$
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Fred C. Abrahams

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780814705117

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814705117.001.0001

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Argument of Force

Argument of Force

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Modern Albania

Fred C. Abrahams

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on Albania’s involvement in the Kosovo war of 1998–1999. Most Albanians in Kosovo cheered the establishment of pluralism in Albania and the creation of the Democratic Party (DP) headed by Sali Berisha. Berisha’s ardent calls for national unity in the early days of the DP gave the Kosovo Albanians hope that Albania would finally come to their aid. This chapter examines the role of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in the Kosovo conflict. It considers the link between Xhavit Haliti, one of the KLA’s key founders, and Albanian President Ramiz Alia, who believed that Kosovo could be liberated only by force, and Berisha’s collaboration with Ibrahim Rugova and the Democratic League of Kosovo. It also discusses the signing of the Dayton Accords, which brought the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) into Bosnia and created a bifurcated Bosnia with one part for the Croats and Muslims and another for the Serbs. Finally, it looks at the stand of the new Albanian government of Fatos Nano regarding the war in Kosovo.

Keywords:   Albania, Kosovo war, Sali Berisha, Kosovo Albanians, Kosovo Liberation Army, Xhavit Haliti, Ramiz Alia, Ibrahim Rugova, Dayton Accords, Bosnia

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