Thursday, March 25, 1999 Published at 10:42 GMT
Build-up to conflict: Timeline
Serbian forces on the move in Kosovo
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Nato carries out its threat to bomb Serbia over Kosovo, attacking a sovereign European country for the first time in the alliance's history.
Nato Secretary-General Javier Solana orders air strikes against Yugoslavia after the failure of diplomatic efforts to peacefully resolve the Kosovo crisis.
US President Bill Clinton orders his special envoy Richard Holbrooke to leave Belgrade, after Slobodan Milosevic continues to refuse to accept an autonomy plan for Kosovo's Albanians secured by Nato troops.
US envoy Richard Holbrooke flies to Belgrade to try to get Slobodan Milosevic
to agree to a peace plan, but there is no immediate sign of progress. An offensive by Serb forces in Kosovo, meanwhile, continues.
International monitors are ordered out of Kosovo as the peace talks break down following Serbia's continued refusal to sign up to the proposed peace deal. The Serb side is told the talks will not resume unless they agree to the deal.
At a second round of talks on the future of Kosovo in Paris, the Kosovo Albanians agree to the peace deal on offer, while there is continuing defiance from Serbia. Violence in the province, meanwhile, continues.
Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, speaking after talks in Belgrade with Slobodan Milosevic, says the Yugoslav president remains defiant about the proposed peace plan for Kosovo.
Rebel leaders play for time (9 March)
A key figure in the Kosovo Liberation Army, Adem Demaci, who has opposed the international plan to end the conflict in the province, resigns as the KLA's political representative.
The Yugoslav army moves 4,500 troops, more than 60 tanks and other military equipment to the Kosovo border amid stern warnings from Nato and the US. Thousands of ethnic Albanians flee their homes as a result of fighting, many crossing into Macedonia.
The major powers welcome the progress made at the Kosovo peace talks in Paris, but both the Serbs and ethnic Albanians stress many obstacles still stand in the way of a definitive deal.
Partial deal in Kosovo talks (23 February)
Rambouillet talks: Final statement (23 February)
US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright says the "stalemate" has been broken but full agreement has not been reached on either a political or a military deal.
The deadline is extended by two more days for the two sides in the Kosovo peace talks to strike a deal. Nato policing remains the major sticking point.
US President Bill Clinton has given a fresh warning to Serbia that Nato is ready to attack if it refuses to accept a peace agreement to end the conflict in Kosovo..
President Boris Yeltsin says Russia has warned the US not to use force against Yugoslavia even if the Kosovo peace talks fail.
Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic reiterates his insistence that Nato forces will not be allowed into Kosovo as part of a peace deal.
US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright joins the Kosovo peace conference at Rambouillet chateau near Paris and gets the Serbian and ethnic Albanian delegations to talk face to face for the first time.
Thousands bury Racak dead (11 February)
The Kosovo peace conference organised by the six-nation Contact Group begins at Rambouillet. For the first week, the Serbian and the ethnic Albanian delegations do not meet face to face, but stay on different floors, with the mediators shuttling between them.
The ethnic Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army names a team of negotiators to take part in the peace talks in France. The Serbian parliament agrees that Serb delegates should attend, but urges them to take a tough stance.
Nato gives its Secretary General Javier Solana the authority to order military action if the latest peace initiative for Kosovo fails.
US, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Russia, give Yugoslav and ethnic Albanian leaders three weeks to finalise a settlement which would give Kosovo "substantial autonomy".
Yugoslav authorities suspend the expulsion of international monitoring mission head William Walker in Kosovo, whom they had earlier ordered out in the wake of killings in the village of Racak.
New fighting in Kosovo (15 January)
Preparing for war (11 January)
Tensions mount with two separate protests symbolising the polarisation between Serbs and ethnic Albanians.
The killings continue (18 December)
Thirty dead in Kosovo (14 December)
President Clinton's special envoy, Richard Holbooke, speaking after talks in Belgrade with Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, says differences between Serbs and ethnic Albanians over the future of Kosovo remain very grave. His comments come shortly after UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan warns of the danger of all-out war in Kosovo in 1999.
Nato and the US accuse both the Belgrade government and the ethnic Albanian rebels of endangering the cease-fire.
Amid intense negotiating by US envoy Richard Holbrooke, Nato countries give the go-ahead for military action against Yugoslavia, if President Slobodan Milosevic does not comply with UN resolutions on Kosovo.
The UN Security Council condemns massacres of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.
BBC journalists see first-hand evidence of a massacre of ethnic Albanian civilians, including women and children, in Kosovo.
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