5 April 2001
The Macedonian Question - Reform or Rebellion
This report addresses background and development of the outbreak of violence in Macedonia in early 2001 that involved Albanian insurgents and Macedonian security forces. The paper introduces the incidents that took place in the Kosovar-Macedonian border village Tanusevci and in the city of Tetovo, which were hot spots of the crisis. In addition, the paper sheds light on factors contributing to the escalation, including Kosovo, deteriorating inter-ethnic relations and an erosion of political legitimacy. The paper calls for strong international support to Macedonia’s government to ensure that political dialogue leads to real action.
© 2001 International Crisis Group (Crisis Group)
International Crisis Group
The report presents a map of Macedonia as well as appendices on armed Albanian Organizations believed to exist in Macedonia, details on political parties, data from Macedonia's statistical yearbook for 1999 and the conclusion of the Macedonian Parliament after an urgent session.