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Tuesday, July 20, 1999 Published at 14:48 GMT 15:48 UK

Building the peace: Week in review

Kosovo: Special Report
BBC News Online tracks the developments in Kosovo as Nato forces move to establish control over the province and begin the daunting task of rebuilding a shattered community.

Click on the links in the timeline to get to the key news stories and analysis and the best audio and video.

Or use the options on the left to return the latest news, the background behind the conflict, and other BBC coverage.

July 1999

Kosovo Albanians wage a systematic campaign to kill, kidnap and expel Serbs from the province, the UN refugee agency says.

  • Kosovo reprisals horrify UN (17 July)

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    Ibrahim Rugova, the moderate regarded by many Kosovo Albanians as their chief political leader, returns home to cheering crowds after an absence of two months, but goes back to Italy hours later.

  • Kosovo leader returns to cheers (16 July)

    Chief UN war crimes prosecutor Louise Arbour visits the sites of alleged mass graves that her investigators helped uncover.

  • War crimes visit boosts prosecutor's resolve (14 July)

    A Nato team begins work in Kosovo to make an assessment of how effective the air campaign in Yugoslavia really was.

  • Nato air campaign under scrutiny (14 July)

    Finance ministers from the leading industrial countries meet senior officials from the international financial organisations to discuss economic reconstruction in the Balkans.

  • Rebuilding Kosovo: Ministers talk money (13 July)

    The first Russian unit to move away from Pristina airport establishes itself on the outskirts of the village of Kosovska Kamenica in eastern Kosovo.

  • Russians arrive to split reactions (12 July)

    International peacekeepers seal off the site of alleged mass graves containing as many as 350 bodies in Ljubenic in the west of the province.

  • 'Mass grave' sealed off (9 July)

    Calls for a thorough review of Nato's actions in the war with Yugoslavia threaten to dampen the spirits of the victorious alliance.

  • Inquiry urged into Nato campaign (8 July)

    French Health Minister Bernard Kouchner is appointed by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan to lead the UN mission responsible for rebuilding Kosovo.

  • UN appoints Kosovo chief (2 July)

    International peacekeeping troops discover new suspected mass graves, thought to contain up to 140 bodies, in south-west Kosovo.

  • K-For finds mass graves (1 July)

    June 1999
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    Thousands of people take part in a rally against President Slobodan Milosevic in the first public protest called by the opposition since the end of the Kosovo conflict.

  • Thousands join Milosevic rally (29 June)

    The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church makes his harshest and most open denunciation of President Milosevic.

  • Orthodox church attacks Milosevic (28 June)

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    The first group of Kosovo Albanian refugees to return to the province under a massive United Nations' repatriation plan arrive back home.

  • Kosovo refugees arrive home (28 June)

    An advance party of Russians touches down in Kosovo to pave the way for a 3,000-strong force.

  • Russians arrive in Kosovo (26 June)

    Crowds of Kosovo Albanians go on the rampage, ransacking Serb-owned shops and businesses and testing Nato's ability to contain the situation.

  • Looters target Kosovo Serbs (25 June)

    The state of war which Belgrade imposed throughout Yugoslavia three months earlier is lifted.

  • Yugoslavia ends state of war (24 June)

    The United States offers a $5m reward for information that could lead to the conviction of indicted war criminals in Yugoslavia, including President Milosevic.

  • Reward for Milosevic capture (24 June)

    Two British Gurkha soldiers and two civilians are killed moving Nato cluster bombs in Kosovo.

  • Blast kills British army soldiers (21 June)
  • Nato bomb caused Gurkha deaths

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    Nato and the Kosovo Liberation Army sign an accord providing for the demilitarisation of the KLA, effectively ending its existence as a military force.

  • Kosovo rebels agree to disarm (21 June)

    Nato Secretary-General Javier Solana announces an official end to the alliance air campaign against Yugoslavia after receiving word that all Serbian forces have left Kosovo.

  • Official end to air campaign (20 June)
  • Text of Solana's statement
  • Serb troop withdrawal complete

    Agreement is reached on Russia's role in Kosovo, ending an impasse that threatened the peace effort.

  • Role agreed for Russian troops (19 June)
  • Picture gallery: Serbs flee Kosovo
  • A refugee's tragic return

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    The flood of ethnic Albanian refugees crossing the border back into Kosovo escalates, and with them arrive fighters of the KLA.

  • Tide of returning refugees grows (17 June)
  • KLA move in despite K-For
  • Picture gallery: Two peoples on the move
  • Eyewitness: Saved by the monks of Decani

    Thousands more ethnic Albanian refugees head back to Kosovo - as Serbs flee.

  • Refugees pour back (16 June)
  • Kosovo's Serbs flee in fear
  • Mass graves come to light

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    Yugoslav forces meet the first deadline set by Nato to withdraw from southern Kosovo, as more evidence emerges of atrocities committed by Serb forces against Kosovo Albanians.

  • Serbs meet first withdrawal deadline (15 June)
  • KLA: Demilitarised but not disarmed
  • Recrimination in Prizren: Jeremy Bowen
  • Yugoslav media charts Serb exodus

    Thousands of Nato troops deploy across Kosovo to take control of the province, as Russian troops continue to occupy the airport in Pristina.

  • Kosovo stand-off rumbles on (14 June)
  • Milosevic's greatest test: John Simpson
  • Eyewitness: Watching Nato arrive

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    The first of the Nato peacekeeping troops in Kosovo reaches the provincial capital, Pristina, but their advance into the city is complicated by the presence there of Russian troops.

  • Nato troops reach Pristina
    BBC's Mike Williams follows the convoy towards Pristina

    Nato troops begin entering Kosovo by land and air - but the massive dawn operation is upstaged by a surprise Russian advance into the provincial capital Pristina.

  • Nato enters Kosovo (12 June)

    Nato strikes

    Full day-by-day coverage of the Nato strikes against Yugoslavia, with links to key stories, analysis, audio and video:

  • Nato strikes against Yugoslavia (24 March - 10 June)
    Build-up to conflict

    Timeline of the build-up to the Nato strikes:

  • Build-up to conflict (1998 - 1999)

    Roots of conflict

    The roots of the Kosovo conflict run deep. Click on the links below for BBC News Online's explanation of the historical background:

  • History, bloody history, by Tim Judah
  • Interactive: History of a troubled region
    Jim Fish looks back at a year of conflict in Kosovo (March 1999)

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