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10 July 1998

The View from Tirana - The Albanian Dimension of the Kosovo Crisis

This report examines the Albanian dimension of the Kosovo crisis and describes the background to Kosovo-Albanian relations. The paper examines the position of the Albanian government, its restrained response to the crisis and its relationship with Kosovo-Albanian politicians. It also examines how the Albanian media and opposition have reacted to the violence in Kosovo and considers Serbian allegations that Kosovo Albanians are using northern Albania both to acquire weapons and to recruit soldiers. The paper concludes with a series of recommendations.

© 1998 International Crisis Group (Crisis Group)

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